NTSB Identification: FTW84LA410.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26579.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 09, 1984 in KERRVILLE, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24, registration: N9128P
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.

PLT STATED THAT AFTER FAILING TO GET A 'GEAR DOWN' LIGHT, HE CYCLED GEAR WITH NO SUCCESS IN OBTAINING A LIGHT AND RECEIVED NO RESPONSE TO CALL ON UNICOM FREQUENCY FOR VISUAL CHECK FROM GROUND. PLT STATED HE ELECTED TO LAND ANYWAY AND THAT NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED ON NORMAL TOUCHDOWN. WITNESS (LINEMAN) STATED NO CALL WAS RECEIVED ON UNICOM FREQUENCY. HE OBSERVED THE ACFT IN THE PATTERN AND THE GEAR APPEARED TO BE DOWN. WITNESS FURTHER STATED HE OBSERVED THE ACFT LAND ON THE MAIN GEAR AND WHEN THE NOSE GEAR WAS LOWERED TO RUNWAY SURFACE IT COLLAPSED AS THE NOSE REBOUNDED AND THE ACFT BOUNCED SEVERAL FEET INTO THE AIR. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN AND BOUNCED TWICE MORE BEFORE REMAINING ON GROUND. INSPECTION REVEALED SUBSTANTIAL OVERLOAD DAMAGE TO NOSE GEAR STRUCTURAL ATTACHMENT AND ACFT TAIL SKID DRIVEN UP INTO LOWER FUSELAGE.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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