Friday, October 28, 2016

Cessna 182T Skylane, West Valley Flying Club, N387CS: Accident occurred October 26, 2016 at Palo Alto Airport (KPAO), Santa Clara County, California


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Jose FSDO-15

Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA048
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Palo Alto, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N387CS
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 final approach the airplane was “high and fast” and touched down hard. The pilot further reported that the airplane became airborne again and during the second touchdown the nose gear collapsed. Subsequently, the airplane slid to a stop coming to rest on the right edge of the runway. 

The fuselage and firewall sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to perform a go-around when he recognized that the airplane was high and fast during the final approach, which resulted in an improper landing flare and a hard landing.

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