NTSB Identification: FTW88LA127.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36733.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 28, 1988 in LAKE CHARLES, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N3969M
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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

BETWEEN FLIGHTS, THE PILOT NOTICED THE NOSE WAS VERY HIGH WHILE TAXIING BUT THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE THE STRUT HAD FAILED TO COMPRESS. ON THE NEXT TOUCHDOWN, ON THE MAIN WHEELS, THE AIRPLANE STARTED PORPOISING AND DESPITE THE PILOT'S CORRECTIONS, THE PORPOISING INCREASED IN AMPLITUDE. PILOT APPLIED POWER FOR A GO-AROUND AND THE AIRPLANE STARTED A SHALLOW LEFT TURN THAT PILOT COULD NOT CONTROL WITH RUDDER OR AILERON. AIRPLANE TRAVELED 100 TO 200 FEET BEFORE TOUCHING DOWN, LEFT WING FIRST.

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PORPOISE/PILOT-INDUCED OSCILLATION..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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