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N348TF accident description

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Crash location 36.615278°N, 78.760833°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 Cumberland, MD
39.652865°N, 78.762518°W
209.9 miles away
Tail number N348TF
Accident date 31 Dec 2006
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-181
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot/owner of the Piper PA-28-181 turned onto the final leg of the "routine" approach to the runway, with the flaps fully extended and engine power at idle. He initially noted that he saw four white lights on the precision approach path indicator (PAPI). About 1/2 mile from the runway threshold, he saw two white and two red lights on the PAPI. The pilot thought that he was "a bit low," but believed the airplane would be able to reach the runway; however, the airplane touched down about 30 feet before the runway threshold. During the landing roll, the nose landing gear struck the edge of the runway pavement, and collapsed. The pilot further stated, "What I should have done when it appeared that I was low on [the] approach and getting lower was to add power."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's misjudgment of the airplane's distance/altitude during the landing approach.

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