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N23342 accident description

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Crash location 43.433333°N, 83.862500°W
Nearest city Saginaw, MI
43.419470°N, 83.950807°W
4.5 miles away
Tail number N23342
Accident date 26 Jun 2004
Aircraft type Beech 23
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

On June 26, 2004, about 1245 eastern daylight time, a Beech model 23, N23342, piloted by a private pilot, was substantially damaged when it struck a runway sign during landing on runway 27 (5,000 feet by 100 feet asphalt), at the Saginaw County H. W. Browne Airport, Saginaw, Michigan. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. No injuries were reported. The flight originated from the Huron County Memorial Airport, Bad Axe, Michigan, about 1145.

The pilot reported that as the airplane approached the runway, he "felt wind push the airplane up. [He] recovered and continued in for landing. Shortly after the plane simply dropped from the sky and bounced off and up. [He] regained control, leveling wings when a sudden gust of wind caught [him] under [the] left wing." The airplane subsequently impacted a runway sign and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway.

The recorded wind at 1235 was from 270 degrees magnetic at 6 knots gusting to 14 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions, and his inadequate recovery from the bounced landing. The wind gusts and the runway sign were factors.

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