IAD99LA042
IAD99LA042

On May 16, 1999, at 1530 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182K, N2506Q, was substantially damaged during a bounced landing at the Martin State Airport, Baltimore, Maryland. The certificated private pilot and four passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that originated at Westminster, Maryland, approximately 1500. No flight plan was filed for the flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In a telephone interview, the pilot stated the purpose of the flight was to fly to Westminster for lunch and then return to MTN. He said the flight was uneventful and that there were no problems with the airplane. The pilot stated he entered the base leg of the traffic pattern and established the airplane on final approach for Runway 15, which was 7,000 feet long and 180 feet wide. He said:

"I was doing about 90 miles per hour on final. Over the displaced threshold I slowed to about 85. I came into ground effect and it floated quite a ways down the runway. It just wouldn't come down. So, I nosed it over to settle it down and I was lower than I thought. When I pushed the nose over, I struck the nose gear and the prop."

The airplane bounced from the nose to the main landing gear and struck the left wing tip and right horizontal stabilizer during the landing sequence. The airplane came to rest upright on the landing gear and the pilot taxied from the runway. Further examination of the airframe revealed structural damage around the nose gear attachment points and some buckling of the firewall.

The pilot reported 200 hours of total flight experience, 25 hours of which were in the Cessna 182.

The winds reported at Martin State Airport 15 minutes after the accident were from 150 degrees at 7 knots.

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