LAX08CA170
LAX08CA170

The airplane's owner accompanied the pilot, who had received his private pilot certificate about 2 months before the accident, on a personal flight involving takeoffs and landings. The pilot reported that his approach for the final landing appeared normal. Just before landing he felt a possible wind lull or wind direction shift near the runway's surface, and the airplane touched down harder than average.

The airplane's owner reported to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator that the airplane touched down in a nose low and right wing low attitude. The ground impact on runway 28 was hard. Immediately thereafter, the right main landing gear separated from the airplane. A subsequent airframe examination by the Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness inspector (coordinator) revealed the nose gear and right main landing gear were damaged in the accident to the extent that the nose gear attachment bracket was broken at the upper firewall attachment, and the right main landing gear attachment was torn from the wing spar web. A further examination revealed that wing spar damage (fracture) occurred where the main gear had ripped out from its attachment.

The METAR weather observation for the airport was showing winds from 220 degrees at 12 knots, with gusts to 17 knots, at the time of the accident.

The accident was reported to the Safety Board on June 9, 2008.

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