Hard landing for Piper

Aircraft: Piper Arrow III. Injuries: None. Location: Grand Forks, N.D. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot and flight instructor were practicing a simulated forced landing to a runway. According to the instructor, the airplane touched down firmly, then veered to the right during the roll out.

The instructor noted that the right wing was lower than the left wing and his initial thought was that the right tire was flat. After coming to a stop, the airplane would not move forward without an excessive application of engine power.

The post-accident examination of the airplane revealed that the right main landing gear had collapsed

Probable cause: The flight instructor’s inadequate supervision of the landing, which resulted in an inadequate flare and subsequent hard landing.

NTSB Identification: CEN11LA390

This May 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.


  1. Vaughn S. Price says

    I agree with all comments. This was obviously an under qualified Instructor way over his head. Or he was daydreaming about last nights date

  2. Fritz Katz says

    That has always been a tipoff you just landed gear up:
    “airplane would not move forward without an excessive application of engine power”

  3. John Wesley says

    Firmly!!!!, What was his first clue, the landing gear protruding through the top of the wing????

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