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N275ND accident description

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Crash location 46.920556°N, 96.815833°W
Nearest city Fargo, ND
46.877186°N, 96.789803°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N275ND
Accident date 05 Oct 2006
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-161
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane was substantially damaged during a hard night landing. The private pilot was on a night cross country solo training flight when the accident occurred. She stated the landing was made on runway 18 with the winds reported as being from 150 degrees at 11 knots gusting to 19 knots. The pilot stated she encountered light turbulence on final approach and that the airspeed was 80 knots, which is higher than normal. The pilot stated that during the landing the nose gear and propeller struck the runway prior to the main gear due to the "...inadequate amount of flare... ." She stated the airplane then bounced twice prior to coming to a stop. The pilot reported having 87.5 hours of flight time of which 13 hours were as pilot-in-command.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate flare which resulted in a hard landing. Factors associated with the accident were the gusty winds and the pilot's lack of experience.

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