NTSB Identification: NYC88LA230.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38607.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 27, 1988 in MANVILLE, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2445N
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER COMPLETING SIX LANDINGS WITH AN INSTRUCTOR THE STUDENT PLT WAS RELEASED BY THE INSTRUCTOR FOR HIS FIRST SOLO FLT TO BE CONDUCTED AS A SERIES OF CLOSED PATTERN TOUCH-AND-GO LANDINGS. ON HIS FIRST SOLO LANDING THE STUDENT PLT LANDED NOSE WHEEL FIRST WITH A HIGH SINK RATE. THE NOSE WHEEL STEERING LINKAGE FAILED AND ON THE SECOND LANDING THE NOSE WHEEL WAS COCKED 90 DEGREES TO THE RIGHT. AT TOUCH DOWN THE ACFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY TO THE RIGHT SHEARING THE NOSE GEAR AND DAMAGING THE PROPELLER, ENGINE MOUNTS, FIREWALL, AND UNDERSIDE LONGITUDINAL STRINGERS.

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

AIR/GROUND COMMUNICATIONS..NOT USED..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)

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