NTSB Identification: MIA82IA082
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Wednesday, March 24, 1982 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44, registration: N257ER
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

WHILE DEMONSTRATING A SHORT FIELD LANDING IN STRONG CROSSWINDS THE AIRCRAFT DEVELOPED A HIGH SINK RATE WHEN CLOSE TO THE GROUND AND TOUCHED DOWN HARDER THAN NORMAL. THE LEFT MAIN GEAR BROKE FREE FROM THE AIRPLANE AND THE INSTRUCTOR WAS ABLE TO PERFORM A GO-AROUND WITH THE GEAR HANGING BY THE BRAKE LINE. DURING EMERGENCY PROCEDURE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMPANY, THE GEAR BROKE FREE AND IT FELL INTO A WOODED AREA. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE AT DAYTONA BEACH, AND THE AIRPLANE CAME TO REST IN THE GRASS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. EXAMINATION OF THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE STRUT OUTER BARREL REVEALED AN AREA OF FATIGUE HALF WAY THROUGH THE WALL DIAMETER AT THE POINT WHERE THE TRUNNION WEB JOINS THE BARREL.

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

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR STRUT..FATIGUE





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