Aircraft: Piper Malibu. Injuries: None. Location: Allentown, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a gusting crosswind. He applied a crosswind correction intending to land first on the the right main wheel, which was into the wind. The airplane touched down harder than the pilot intended and swerved to the left. The nose landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the firewall and forward baggage compartment supports.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to adequately compensate for crosswind conditions, resulting in a hard landing.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA202
This March 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.