Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
New Smyrna Beach Airport

Daytona Beach, Florida 32069
Wednesday, March 24, 1982 14:45 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
WHILE DEMONSTRATING A SHORT FIELD LANDING IN STRONG CROSSWINDS THE AIRCRAFT DEVELOPED A HIGH SINK RATE WHEN CLOSE TO THE GROUND AND TOUCHED DOWN HARDER THAN NORMAL. THE LEFT MAIN GEAR BROKE FREE FROM THE AIRPLANE AND THE INSTRUCTOR WAS ABLE TO PERFORM A GO-AROUND WITH THE GEAR HANGING BY THE BRAKE LINE. DURING EMERGENCY PROCEDURE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMPANY, THE GEAR BROKE FREE AND IT FELL INTO A WOODED AREA. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE AT DAYTONA BEACH, AND THE AIRPLANE CAME TO REST IN THE GRASS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. EXAMINATION OF THE REMAINING PORTION OF THE STRUT OUTER BARREL REVEALED AN AREA OF FATIGUE HALF WAY THROUGH THE WALL DIAMETER AT THE POINT WHERE THE TRUNNION WEB JOINS THE BARREL.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
Not Yet Reported
Event Information
Type of EventIncident 
Event Date3/24/1982 
Event Day of the WeekWednesday 
Time of Event1445 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityDAYTONA BEACH  
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site32069  
Event Date Year1982 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportNEW SMYRNA BEACH  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID34J  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceUnknown 
Time of the weather observation1454  
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)315 
Weather Observation Facility IDDAB  
Elevation of weather observation facility
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observation  
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height10000 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height3800 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)74 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)10 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)10 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)5019 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information  
Date of most recent change to recordOct 31 2002 4:04PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\ZUZL  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN257ER 
NTSB NumberMIA82IA082  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedVFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageMinor 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER  
Aircraft ModelPA-44  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-44  
Aircraft Serial Number8195002  
Certified Max Gross Weight3800 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassUnknown 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionUnknown 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection49 
Airframe Hours1799 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameEMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIV 
Aircraft Owner Street AddressDAYTONA BEACH REGIONAL AIRPORT 
Aircraft Owner CityDAYTONA BEACH  
Aircraft Owner StateFL 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode32014  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator NameEMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIV 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street AddressDAYTONA BEACH REGIONAL AIRPORT 
Operator CityDAYTONA BEACH  
Operator StateFL 
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code32014  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateYes - certificate holder 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Instructional 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport Code  
Departure CityDAYTONA BEACH  
Departure StateFL 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1330 
Departure Time Zone  
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination CityDAYTONA BEACH  
Destination StateFL 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 18 2002 4:50PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location29  
Runway Length5000 
Runway Width200 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--