NTSB Identification: ERA14LA107
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in West Palm Beach, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34, registration: N16389
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On January 28, 2014, at 1245 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-34-200, N16389, experienced a nose landing gear collapse on landing roll at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, Florida. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private owner, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a defense visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Marsh Harbour Airport (MYAM), Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, about 1130.

During the approach, the pilot noted that the nose landing gear indication light was not illuminated. He aborted the landing and elected to fly by the air traffic control tower in order to check the position of the landing gear. An air traffic controller confirmed that the landing gear appeared to be down. The airplane was cleared to land and during the landing roll, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest on the runway. The pilot and passenger were not injured and both egressed the airplane without incident.

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