NTSB Identification: DFW07LA021.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 31, 2006 in San Marcos, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA32-301XTC, registration: N506C
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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While landing on Runway 26, a 6,330-foot long, by 100-foot wide asphalt runway, the single-engine airplane bounced and started to porpoise. Each successive bounce got higher in altitude until ultimately the airplane's nose landing gear collapsed and the propeller impacted the ground. The airplane came to rest in the upright position and the 735-hour private pilot and his passenger were able to exit the airplane unassisted. There was no fire. During the post-accident investigation, the rudder pedals were functionally checked and continuity was established from the rudder pedals to the steering rods and rudder. No pre- impact anomalies were noted with the airplane's flight controls, nose landing gear, or steering mechanism. The wind at the time of the accident was reportedly from 250 degrees at 6 knots.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing.
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