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N4887S accident description

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Crash location 45.654167°N, 84.513889°W
Nearest city Cheboygan, MI
45.646956°N, 84.474480°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N4887S
Accident date 05 Dec 2017
Aircraft type Piper Pa 32
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, during approach to runway 28, "I noticed the VSI showed a dramatic increase in the decent rate and I applied full power."

He reported that the airplane landed hard, and he heard a "pop," and believed that the main landing gear tires had failed. The airplane exited the right side of the runway and struck a runway light.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the aft bulkhead, stringer and skin.

According to the METAR at the accident airport, about the time of the accident the wind was from 230° at 28kts gusting to 42kts.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain the airplane’s rate of descent in gusting wind conditions resulting in a hard landing and runway excursion.

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