NTSB Identification: ATL05CA133.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 18, 2005 in Atlanta, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-200, registration: N143PF
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 certified flight instructor (CFI) stated the private pilot had just completed a simulated single engine approach and the airplane touched down on runway 31. The CFI informed the pilot to apply brakes so he could turn off at the mid filed taxi way. The pilot applied brakes and the airplane veered to the left. The CFI verbally instructed the pilot to get off the brakes and completed a positive transfer of the flight controls while applying right rudder. The airplane continued to veer to the left. The CFI applied full right rudder, and assumed the airplane kept going to the left because the left main landing gear tire was flat. The airplane went off the left side of the runway and the left main landing gear collided with uneven terrain and collapsed. Examination of the runway revealed skid marks were present 1,400 feet from the approach end of the runway and extended 345 yards to where the right main landing gear left a gouge in the sod area west of the runway. Examination of the left main landing gear tire revealed the tire was flat with a flat spot and hole present in the tire. A functional check of the brake system revealed no anomalies.

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

The pilot's improper use of normal braking and the failure to maintain directional control during landing. Also causal was the instructor's inadequate supervision of the flight which resulted in a collision with the ground.

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