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N56196 accident description

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Crash location 42.317778°N, 72.611667°W
Nearest city Northampton, MA
42.325090°N, 72.641201°W
1.6 miles away
Tail number N56196
Accident date 23 Sep 2010
Aircraft type Piper PA34
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that it was his first landing at the accident airport. During the traffic pattern and approach for landing, he was "preoccupied" with the terrain surrounding the airport and landed at a "higher than normal" airspeed. Upon touchdown, the airplane bounced. On the second touchdown, the airplane's nose landing gear contacted the runway, the airplane "shifted" to the right, and the left propeller impacted the runway. Postaccident examination by the FAA inspector revealed substantial damage to both wings, and no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane were identified.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing.

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