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N8533P accident description

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Crash location 38.998055°N, 119.752500°W
Nearest city Minden, NV
38.954074°N, 119.765733°W
3.1 miles away
Tail number N8533P
Accident date 12 Mar 2013
Aircraft type Piper PA-24-400
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that during the landing, he crossed the threshold at 85 to 90 knots with 15 degrees of flaps. The pilot utilized the electric trim as the airplane floated down the runway about 3 to 4 feet above the surface. The airplane subsequently touched down hard and it bounced three times, striking the propeller on the runway each time. The nose gear was damaged and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control with braking action and rudder control. The airplane departed the side of the runway collapsing the landing gear. Postaccident examination of the airplane’s belly revealed that five bulkheads from the firewall aft were bent.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's improper flare, which resulted in a bounced landing and a loss of directional control.

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