NTSB Identification: CHI02CA182.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 04, 2002 in Monroe, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: Beech A-23-23, registration: N3545R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The airplane was damaged when the nose landing gear collapsed during landing. The pilot reported that he was practicing takeoffs and landings when, on the fourth landing, "... [the pilot] must have flared [too] soon causing the airplane to bounce at touchdown." The airplane then went off the right side of the runway where, "the nosewheel dug into the terrain causing it to collapse and the airplane to go nose down."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot misjudging the flare, and his loss of directional control during landing. The soft terrain was a factor. Full narrative available
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