NTSB Identification: DEN88LA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35683.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 1988 in AURORA, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N9419C
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PRIVATE PLT WAS FLYING HIS FAMILY TO DENVER, CO, FROM VICTORVILLE, CA. THE PILOT STATED THAT HIS APPROACH WAS RUSHED AND THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED ON FINAL TOO HIGH. FULL FLAPS WERE USED AND AT THE FLARE, THE AIRCRAFT BALLOONED AND WAS NOT ALIGNED PROPERLY. AN ATTEMPTED GO-AROUND WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. THE FLAPS WERE NOT RETRACTED AND THE AIRCRAFT SETTLED TO THE RUNWAY WITH THE LEFT MAIN ON THE RUNWAY AND THE RIGHT MAIN IN SNOW BESIDE THE RUNWAY. THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED DOWN.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

GO-AROUND..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

RAISING OF FLAPS..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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