Accident CSA Piper Sport N197PS, Thursday 14 April 2016
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Date:Thursday 14 April 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
CSA Piper Sport
Registration: N197PS
MSN: P1001062
Year of manufacture:2010
Total airframe hrs:371 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mansfield-Lahm Airport, Richland, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Columbia Statio, OH (4G8)
Destination airport:Mansfield-Lahm Municipal Airport, OH (MFD/KMFD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airline transport pilot/owner was conducting a personal cross-country flight. The pilot stated that, after the main landing gear touched down, he eased the backpressure on the control stick and that the nose landing gear (NLG) then separated from the airplane. The airplane slid on the runway surface.
Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the NLG had fractured at a weld area. An airplane manufacturer service bulletin (SB) called for periodic inspection of the NLG for cracks in the weld area every 25 hours. The pilot reported that the NLG had accumulated a total time in service of 371 hours at the time of the accident and that it was last inspected 31 flight hours before the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to inspect the nose landing gear (NLG), which resulted in a crack going undetected and the subsequent separation of the NLG at the weld area during landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN16LA157
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 14:56 ASN Update Bot Added
17-Nov-2022 01:17 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Destination airport]

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