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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA471
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 2016 in Hillsboro, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA24, registration: N7292P
Injuries: 2 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 reduced power and was convinced he had enough altitude to land on the grass runway. The pilot further reported that the airplane impacted a ditch prior to the runway which resulted in a sheared nose landing gear, collapsed main gear, and then slid about 200 feet.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's descent below the intended glidepath during the approach, which resulted in an impact with a ditch prior to the runway.