NTSB Identification: DEN04LA148.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 26, 2004 in Broomfield, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/2005
Aircraft: Smith, Ted Aerostar 601P, registration: N200FF
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.

The pilot said he was asked by the tower to make a short approach. He was then asked to make his right base turn, such that he had to continue his turn to roll out on final over the runway. The pilot said he leveled the wings and had a hard landing. The pilot said that the right main landing gear collapsed and the airplane slid off the left side of the runway. An examination of the airplane showed the left main landing gear strut was broken and pushed upward through the top of the left wing engine nacelle. The right wing was broken upward at the wing root. Both propellers' blades showed torsional bending and chordwise scratches. Flight control continuity was confirmed. No other anomalies were found.

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

the pilot's improper in-flight planning/decision to accept a short traffic pattern and the improper flare resulting in a hard landing.

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