NTSB Identification: ANC89LA039.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37988.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, January 15, 1989 in PORT LIONS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N43527
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 AIR-TAXI PILOT REPORTED THAT WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 15 FEET OVER THE RUNWAY THRESHOLD, THE AIRPLANE BEGAN SINKING RAPIDLY. HE ADDED POWER AND AFT ELEVATOR CONTROL, BUT THE AIRPLANE STILL LANDED HARD, CAUSING THE AFT END OF THE FUSELAGE TO STRIKE THE RUNWAY.

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

THE PILOTS INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS WHICH RESULTED IN A STALL/MUSH AND SUBSEQUENT HARD LANDING. THE DOWNDRAFT WHICH THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED WAS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

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