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N2214N accident description

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Crash location 33.978056°N, 83.962222°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Lawrenceville, GA
33.956215°N, 83.987962°W
2.1 miles away

Tail number N2214N
Accident date 01 Nov 2008
Aircraft type Piper PA-44-180
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On November 1, 2008, about 1630 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-44-180, N2214N, was substantially damaged during landing at the Gwinnett County Airport (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The instructional flight was conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The certificated flight instructor and commercial-rated student were not injured. The flight originated from LZU at 1530.

The student was performing a practice ILS approach as part of his multi-engine training program. After confirming "gear down, three green, nose gear in mirror," a normal touchdown was performed with no apparent side drift. As the nose was lowered to the runway, the nose gear collapsed. The airplane came to a stop on the runway and the pilots egressed normally.

An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration inspected the airplane and reported that the nose gear drag link bolt, Piper part number NAS464P4-27, failed. According to the airplane maintenance logbook, the bolt was installed on June 9, 2007. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accrued approximately 441 hours since the bolt was installed.

Piper Service Bulletin (SB) number 1156, dated April 7, 2005, applies to this airplane. The SB provides instructions for replacing the nose gear drag link bolt at 500-hour intervals. According to a representative from Piper, the SB has not been incorporated into the PA-44-180 Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) for this serial numbered airplane. The SB has been incorporated for serial numbers 4496001 and higher. Piper expects the SB to be incorporated into the AMM for the older aircraft in early 2010.

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