NTSB Identification: NYC01LA097.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 13, 2001 in Hagerstown, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-200, registration: N55134
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot requested and was cleared for the ILS Runway 27 approach. While on final, the airplane encountered light to occasional moderate turbulence, and required a 30-40 degree drift correction to maintain course. When the airplane was 2 miles from the runway, the tower controller reported the wind as 300 degrees at 18 knots. The pilot continued the approach and 100 to 50 feet above the ground felt the crosswind "dramatically" subside. The pilot was then able to maintain runway alignment with no wind correction. The landing phase continued without incident until the airplane was 3-5 feet above the runway. The pilot then felt a "significant and abrupt" buffeting of the airplane. The airplane "weather-vaned" to the right, rolled left, and started to drift left of the centerline. The pilot applied corrective action; however, the airplane touched down nose wheel first, bounced back into the air, and then touched down nose wheel first again. The nose gear collapsed and the propellers contacted the runway.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain runway alignment during the landing phase. A factor in the accident was a sudden change in wind direction and speed.

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