Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Bedford Airport

Bedford, Massachusetts 01730
Saturday, January 21, 2006 15:30 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
After landing on runway 29, the airplane became airborne again during the landing roll. It then started to porpoise and the nose gear contacted the runway hard. The pilot aborted the landing, performed another approach to the runway, and landed without further incident. Post flight inspection of the airplane revealed damage that included firewall buckling in several places. Winds reported at the airport about the time of the accident, were from 240 degrees at 19 knots, gusting to 26 knots.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's improper flare resulting in a hard landing. A factor in the accident was the wind gusts.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/21/2006 
Event Day of the WeekSaturday 
Time of Event1530 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityBedford 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site01730 
Event Date Year2006 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude422820N 
Event Location Longitude0711734W 
Event Location AirportBedford 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDBED 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation133 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1556 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility IDBED 
Elevation of weather observation facility133 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)15 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)240 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)19 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots) 26 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.73 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
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)19690 
NTSB Notification SourceBoston FSDO  
NTSB Notification DateJan 22 2006 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 30 2006 1:54PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeBoston 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN6278T 
NTSB NumberNYC06CA059 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedCompany VFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?Yes 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft ModelR182 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberR18201960 
Certified Max Gross Weight3100 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
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 gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection100 Hour 
Date of Last InspectionOct 1 2005 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection18 
Airframe Hours4365 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event Site-- 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameCivil Air Patrol, Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street AddressMaxwell AFB 
Aircraft Owner CityMontgomery 
Aircraft Owner StateAL 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode36112 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameCivil Air Patrol, Inc. 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
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)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeCEF  
Departure CityChicopee 
Departure StateMA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1410 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeBED  
Destination CityBedford 
Destination StateMA 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightLanding - flare/touchdown 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordFeb 6 2007 8:27AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\HAMG  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location29 
Runway Length7001 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--