On March 22, 2000, at 1815 central standard time, a Cessna 402B twin-engine airplane, N908AB was substantially damaged during a hard landing at the Tobias Bolanos International Airport, near San Jose, Costa Rica. The instrument rated commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by Pitts Aviation, Inc., of Dover, Delaware. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight for which a flight plan was not filed. The local flight was concluding at the time of the accident.

The DGAC inspector reported that the accident occurred when the tower was closed. The inspector added that the pilot failed to report the occurrence to the local aviation authorities; however the damage to the aircraft was found during the inspector's scheduled visit to the maintenance facility performing the major repairs.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica. Any further information may be obtained from:

Republica de Costa Rica Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes Direccion General de Aviacion Civil Apartado 5026-1000 San Jose, Costa Rica

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the DGAC of the Republic of Costa Rica.

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