NTSB Identification: DEN86LA224.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31671.
Accident occurred Friday, August 08, 1986 in MONUMENT VALLEY, UT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8544P
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.

THE PLT WAS ON AN APPROACH FOR LANDING WHEN THE ACFT BEGAN TO SETTLE. HE SAID THAT INCREASING POWER DID NOT SEEM TO HAVE AN EFFECT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT LANDED HARD, COLLAPSING THE NOSE GEAR. THE PLT BELIEVED THAT HE HAD ENCOUNTERED WIND SHEAR DURING THE APPROACH. LOCAL PILOTS WERE AWARE OF UNFAVORABLE WIND CONDITIONS THAT OCCUR AT THE ARPT. VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS NOTE THAT THIS WAS A PRIVATE ARPT AND ITS USE WAS AT THE PLT'S OWN RISK.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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