NYC99LA018
NYC99LA018

On October 26, 1998, at 1850 eastern standard time, an Aero Commander AC-100, N5546M, was substantially damage while landing at Bucks Airport (00N), Bridgeton, New Jersey. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. No flight plan was filed, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot stated that he departed Sumerset, Pennsylvania, about 1635, and climbed to an en route altitude of 5,500 feet above mean sea level (MSL), while proceeding to Bridgeton. About 10 miles from Bridgeton, the pilot activated the pilot controlled lighting, and over flew the airport to identify wind speed and direction. The pilot stated, "The wind sock was limp."

After checking the winds, the pilot made a left downwind entry for Runway 36 at 1,000 feet above MSL. The pilot flew a downwind, and base, before turning final approximately 3/4 of a mile from the runway, and 500 feet above the ground. Once on final, he selected full flaps and slowed the airplane to 70 mph. The pilot added that the approach was "normal" until touchdown. He stated that the airplane "touched down flat, but harder then normal" on the turf runway, then rolled approximately 8 feet before the nose gear was sheared off. The airplane continued straight ahead for approximately 40 feet after shearing off the nose wheel, before it nosed over. The pilot added that the nose over was very smooth. Once the airplane came to rest, both the pilot and passenger egressed without injury.

The pilot stated that the night before the accident he had made three takeoffs and landings, and that he had landed at the accident airport about 150 times. He reported about 200 hours of flight experience, of which 186 hours were in make and model.

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