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Piper PA-28-235, N9097W: Accident occurred December 10, 2019 at Bowman Regional Airport (KLOU), Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Location: Louisville, KY
Accident Number: ERA20LA053
Date & Time: 12/10/2019, 1303 EST
Registration: N9097W
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 10, 2019, about 1303 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-235, N9097W, was substantially damaged during landing at Bowman Field Airport (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky. The commercial pilot was not injured The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed from Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, Bowling Green, Kentucky, about 1215.

The pilot stated that he was on the return-leg of a two-leg round-trip flight and he contacted the LOU air traffic control tower and reported a 3 mile left base position for runway 24. He was cleared for a visual approach to runway 24 and began descending to traffic pattern altitude while he performed before landing procedures, and reduced speed. He turned onto the final leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 24 and descended to the runway using the visual approach slope indicator (VASI) for reference with no "irregular indications of plane operation." Automated terminal information service "zulu" was current and included wind from 280° at 7 knots. He maintained approach speed with a slight crosswind configuration and descended. When in ground effect he began to flare the airplane, when suddenly the nose "jerked down" and he was unable to physically manipulate the control yoke. The airplane impacted the pavement of runway 24 with the nose gear, causing it to collapse. He added that the airplane was at a speed just above the stall light activation airspeed. The airplane came to rest at about the runway aiming point, left of the runway center line with the nose and left main landing gears in grass, and the right main landing gear wheel still on runway.

The pilot secured the electrical system, turned off the fuel selector and exited the airplane.

The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N9097W
Model/Series: PA-28-235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLOU, 546 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bowling Green, KY (BWG)
Destination: Louisville, KY (LOU) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.230833, -85.657778 (est)

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