NTSB Identification: ERA14LA244
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 08, 2014 in Brooksville, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N8683W
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On May 8, 2014, about 2250 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235, N8683W, was substantially damaged while landing at Hernando County Airport (BKV), Brooksville, Florida. The airline transport pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Inverness Airport (INF), Inverness, Florida, about 2225. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilots were returning to their home airport following dinner. The flight departed about two hours after sunset, and several minutes after departure, the airplane's lights began to dim. The pilot noted an abnormal current reading on the ammeter. With the destination airport in sight, and only about 20 minutes of flight remaining, the pilot reduced the electrical load; however, within several minutes all electrical power was lost.

Upon reaching the destination airport, the pilot utilized the runway end identifier lights along with the runway's visual approach slope indicator lights to guide the airplane to the runway threshold. Without electrical power, he was unable to use the airplane's radio to activate the other available runway lighting, or utilize a landing light in order to help him further locate the runway after crossing the threshold. The pilot misjudged the airplane's height above the runway, and during the landing flare, the airplane impacted the runway from an estimated height of about 4 or 5 feet. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered right and struck a runway distance remaining sign, resulting in substantial damage to the horizontal stabilizer. The nose of the airplane then struck the ground, resulting in damage to the nose landing gear and firewall.

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