NTSB Identification: BFO89LA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39046.
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 30, 1989 in WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/11/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N4022R
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 PLT REPORTED THAT WHILE ON SHORT FINAL AT AN AIRSPEED OF 80 MPH WITH FLAPS EXTENDED, THE ACFT EXPERIENCED A SUDDEN LOSS OF ALT. THE ACFT DESCENDED RAPIDLY AND CONTACTED THE RWY FROM AN ALT OF APRX 10 FT AGL. THE LANDING WAS BEING MADE ON RWY 13 AND THE PLT REPORTED LOCAL WINDS FROM 180 DEGS AT 5 KTS GUSTING TO 10 KTS.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL BY IMPROPERLY FLARING THE AIRPLANE DURING THE LANDING APPROACH.

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