NTSB Identification: CHI03LA085.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, March 18, 2003 in West Chicago, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-200T, registration: N930DE
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The airplane sustained substantial damage during a hard landing at night. The pilot reported, "Because it was windy I flew at 100 kt on final, and on touchdown I felt that the nose was too low. I pulled back on the elevator and the nose came up, and then I lowered the nose again and again it was too low. I stopped the engines with the mixture and the plane stopped, nose down." Inspection of the airplane revealed that the nose gear was collapsed. The nose gear support tube was pushed vertically up through the top of the airframe about 6 inches. The center windshield airframe post was pushed up, and the left and right windshields were separated from the cockpit's windshield frame. All three blade tips on both propellers were bent aft and exhibited chordwise gouging and scraping.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper flare resulting in a hard landing. Full narrative available
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