NTSB Identification: CEN14LA196
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 11, 2014 in West Chicago, IL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 46-350P, registration: N1972M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On April 11, 2014, about 1607 central daylight time, N1972M, a Piper PA-46-350P airplane, experienced a landing gear collapse following a loss of directional control on landing at the DuPage County Airport (DPA), West Chicago, Illinois. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the firewall and wings. The airplane was registered to General Leasing of Michigan LLC and was operated by the pilot/owner as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the DuPont-Lapeer Airport (D95), Lapeer, Michigan, about 1530 eastern daylight time.

The pilot reported he made a smooth landing on runway 20R at DPA and as soon as the nose gear touched down, the airplane "yanked severely to the left." The airplane traveled into the grass off the left side of the runway near taxiway Golf. The right wing contacted an airport sign and the landing gear collapsed.

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