NTSB Identification: NYC01LA049.
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Accident occurred Thursday, November 30, 2000 in COLLEGE PARK, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 182J, registration: N182RM
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While landing, at a speed of 80 knots, a downdraft was encountered, causing a loss of altitude and airspeed. The airplane touched down hard on the runway, and the nose wheel buckled. The airplane slid off the side of the runway, and came to rest in a grass field. The winds reported at a nearby airport were from 300 degrees at 11 knots, gusts to 20 knots.

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

The pilot's inadequate flare, which resulted in a hard landing. A factor related to the accident was the downdraft wind conditions.

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