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NTSB Identification: WPR12CA346
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 06, 2012 in Chula Vista, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration: N9727F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot said that, while on short final, the airplane experienced a sudden sink rate when the wind changed from a head wind to calm conditions. He was unable to arrest the sink rate even after power was applied because of the lag time for the airplaneā€™s turbine engine to spool up. The airplane landed hard short of the runway. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the left side of the fuselage was dented and wrinkled, and the left main landing gear was bent inboard of the axle and was missing its brake assembly.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's failure to arrest the aircraft's sink rate on short final, which resulted in a hard landing.