NTSB Identification: FTW01LA215.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 11, 2001 in Terrell, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-235, registration: N235RM
Injuries: 2 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/owner, the purpose of the flight was for the two private pilots to practice short field and crosswind landings. The flight departed the originating airport after both pilots practiced touch-and-go takeoffs and landings, and proceeded to another airport. Upon arrival the pilot/owner executed one touch-and-go, then the other pilot took control of the airplane to practice another touch-and-go. The pilot/owner reported that the other pilot was in the process of landing, when at the point of the landing flare, a "wind shear was encountered, which caused an immediate loss of lift and a hard touchdown." In a written statement and event diagram, the pilot/owner depicted the airplane landing adjacent to a tree line, which was upwind from the airplane's touchdown point. The pilot/owner reported the wind from the south at 8-10 knots. The closest weather observation facility reported the wind from 200 degrees at 8 knots.

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

the flying pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during the landing flare which resulted in a hard landing. A contributing factor was the wind shear weather condition.

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