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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA128
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Charleston, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: N59196
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 reported that, during the landing flare in gusting wind conditions, as he “expected” to touch down, he reduced engine power. The airplane ballooned, followed by a hard landing and a bounce. During a subsequent second bounce, the nose gear collapsed. The airplane then veered left, exited the runway, and came to a stop nose down.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.
The pilot reported there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot landed on runway 23, and the reported the wind was 260° at 11 knots, gusting to 17 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s improper landing flare in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a hard landing and runway excursion.