NTSB Identification: MKC85LA020.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26154.
Accident occurred Monday, November 12, 1984 in BURLINGTON, IA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2454B
Injuries: 1 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT THE DESCENT INTO THE TRAFFIC PATTERN WAS LATE AND THE BASE TURN PERFORMED EARLY LEAVING THE ACFT HIGH ON FINAL. AS A RESULT, AN EXCESSIVE RATE OF DESCENT DEVELOPED ON SHORT FINAL. THE HIGH DESCENT RATE AND DIMINISHING DAYLIGHT LED THE PILOT TO MISJUDGE THE PROPER FLARE ATTITUDE. REALIZING THAT THE FLARE WAS HIGH THE PILOT PUSHED THE YOKE FORWARD RESULTING IN A HARD, NOSE GEAR FIRST LANDING. THE PILOT FURTHER STATED THAT SHE WAS TIRED AFTER THE 4 HOUR SOLO TRIP.

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

PLANNED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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