NTSB Identification: ERA11LA386
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2011 in Louisville, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-301, registration: N8319N
Injuries: 4 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 performed a steep descent while on approach, and the airplane touched down on the runway and bounced. The left landing gear collapsed, and the airplane veered off the left side of the runway, where it struck a taxiway sign and sustained substantial damage to its fuselage and both wings. When interviewed after the accident, the pilot did not report experiencing any mechanical malfunctions. However, he subsequently reported that the engine did not respond to a throttle control input after the airplane bounced and that he was not certain whether he experienced any mechanical malfunctions. Examination of the engine did not reveal any preimpact malfunctions. The airplane had been operated for about 20 hours since its most recent annual inspection, which was performed about 4 months prior to the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper flare and inadequate recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in a landing gear collapse. Full narrative available
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