NTSB Identification: LAX04CA215.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 25, 2004 in Galt, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-200, registration: N169JP
Injuries: 2 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 pilot under instruction was slow on short final, flared, stalled, and made a hard landing. The pilot under instruction and certified flight instructor had made several uneventful landings. Both pilots reported that on the accident landing approach the pilot under instruction maintained a slow airspeed and misjudged the landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing. Both pilots indicated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane or engine prior to the hard landing.

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

the pilot under instruction's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed on final and misjudged flare, which resulted in stall/mush and hard landing. The certified flight instructor's inadequate supervision and failure to initiate timely remedial action were also causal.

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