NTSB Identification: IAD01LA043.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 14, 2001 in Painesville, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-220T, registration: N8081Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The flight instructor said the purpose of the flight was to provide multi-engine instruction to the private pilot, and to practice short-field landings. The private pilot completed one short-field landing, and was on final approach for the second short-field landing when the landing gear struck the leading edge of the runway, and collapsed. He said the airplane was stabilized on the approach for landing when the flight instructor made an abrupt, nose-down input to the control yoke. The flight instructor stated that he had "lowered the nose" to increase airspeed during the approach, in compensation for gusty conditions. According to the flight instructor, the airplane encountered a downdraft in close proximity to the ground, and he was unable to take the controls and arrest the descent before the airplane struck the leading edge of the runway. Neither pilot obtained a weather briefing prior to departure. Both pilots reported there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane. According to an FAA Inspector, two wheel marks were observed in the muddy grass area approximately 4 feet from the approach end of the runway.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain the proper descent rate and the flight instructor's inadequate supervision.

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