CHI00LA304
CHI00LA304

On September 21, 2000, at 2010 central daylight time (cdt), a Cessna 182S, N97TD, operated by a private pilot, was substantially damage during a hard landing on runway 19L (7,302 feet by 150 feet, dry concrete) at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. No flight plan was on file. The pilot and two passengers on board the airplane reported no injuries. The local flight originated at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 1920 cdt.

In his written statement, the pilot said he began his roundout approximately 20 feet above the runway. "As the throttle was pulled to idle, the aircraft ballooned to about 5 feet and the stall warning horn sounded." The pilot said he lowered the nose slightly, the airplane touched down on its main gear, and "bounced again about 5 feet." The pilot said he lowered the nose again to just above level flight. "The aircraft sank rapidly and impacted firmly on the main gear." The nose gear struck the runway and collapsed. "The aircraft bounced again - about 5 feet, then landed on the mains first with the nose dropping. The final bounce was approximately 10 feet above the runway, and settled rapidly in a slight nose up attitude. The airplane landed on the main landing gear, then the nose. The aircraft was allowed to coast to [taxiway] A5, and was turned off the runway using brakes."

A Federal Aviation Administration operations inspector examined the airplane at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The blades on the three-blade propeller were bent aft approximately 5 inches. The nose gear was pushed up into the airplane. The firewall was bent upward and buckled. The fuselage behind the firewall was bent aft and buckled. The forward part of the cabin was twisted.

The main landing gear legs were bend upward. Flight control continuity was confirmed. An examination of the engine, engine controls, brakes, and other airplane systems revealed no anomalies.

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