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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA162
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 24, 2017 in Linden, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA T337, registration: N685V
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 approach, he pushed the yoke forward to avoid a flock of birds in his flightpath, which resulted in an “increased and abnormal rate of descent.” He was then unable to arrest the descent, and the “main landing gear made very hard contact with the runway.” The airplane bounced, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.
The Federal Aviation Administration Airport Facility Diagram page for the destination airport in part states: “Birds on and invof [in vicinity of] arpt.”

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s abrupt maneuver to avoid birds during short final approach, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing.