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N685V accident description

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Crash location 40.617223°N, 74.243611°W
Nearest city Linden, NJ
40.622048°N, 74.244590°W
0.3 miles away
Tail number N685V
Accident date 24 Feb 2017
Aircraft type Cessna T337
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that during approach he pushed the yoke forward to avoid a flock of birds in his flight path, which resulted in an "increased and abnormal rate of descent". He further reported that he was then unable to arrest the descent and the "main landing gear made very hard contact with the runway". The airplane bounced, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The Federal Aviation Administration Airport Facility Diagram page for the destination airport in part states: "Birds on and invof [in vicinity of] arpt."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s abrupt maneuver to avoid birds during short final approach, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing.

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