NTSB Identification: MIA89LA026.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37941.
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 1988 in CLEARWATER, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44-180, registration: N81609
Injuries: 2 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.

AS THE STUDENT PLT WAS MAKING A SIMULATED SINGLE ENG APCH, THE INSTRUCTOR'S ATTENTION WAS MOMENTARILY DIVERTED INSIDE THE COCKPIT. WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR LOOKED OUTSIDE AGAIN, THE ACFT WAS LOW & SLOW ON A SHORT FINAL APCH. THE CFI APPLIED POWER TO ARREST THE DESCENT, BUT THE MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED WHEN THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN SHORT OF THE RWY & CONTACTED THE RWY LIP. THERE WAS NO FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ENGINES OR FLT CONTROLS.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..DUAL STUDENT

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..DUAL STUDENT

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)



Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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