Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary WPR22LA141

Saline Valley, CA, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot reported that, while on final approach, he reduced airspeed which resulted in a higher angle of attack and blocking his visibility of the approach threshold. The glide path steepened, and the airplane touched down short of the airstrip. The right main landing gear collided with a rock and sheared off. Shortly thereafter, the left main landing gear sheared off and the airplane slid down the runway substantially damaging the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to establish a controlled descent rate during landing which resulted in the airplane touching down short of the runway.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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