NTSB Identification: ATL07LA086.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 30, 2007 in Columbia, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/2008
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-300, registration: N87619
Injuries: 1 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 stated that on the landing flare, he heard a "loud bang" when the nose wheel touched down. The nose of the airplane "bounced" back into the air and the tail of the airplane struck the runway. The nose then settled back to the ground and the airplane came to a stop. Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed that the nose wheel fork was broken in two parts, and the empennage was buckled. The nose landing gear wheel fork was sent to the National Transportation Safety Board's Materials Laboratory for examination. The fracture features were on slant planes with a matte gray appearance consistent with an overstress fracture. No evidence of a preexisting damage was observed. The overall deformation of both legs of the fork was consistent with side loading.

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

The pilot's improper landing flare, resulting in a hard landing.

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