NTSB Identification: MIA06CA010.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 16, 2005 in Punta Gorda, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 182J, registration: N3588F
Injuries: 1 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 stated that after flying 40 minutes he elected to return to the departure airport with a planned landing on runway 03. The winds at the time were reported to be from 010 degrees to 040 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots. During the flare for landing just before touchdown, a gust of wind, "lifted me back in the air then slammed me back to the runway." As a result of the firm landing, the nose landing gear was bent to the left. He taxied the airplane off the runway onto the grass.

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

The pilot's inadequate remedial action following an encounter with wind gusts during the landing flare resulting in a hard landing and damage to the nose landing gear.

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