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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||PA-28 Cherokee Arrow IV|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
instruction : instructor
|Qualification||pilot : multi engine|
pilot : instrument
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 61|
flight time total : 1180
flight time type : 100
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
ground encounters other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
We (myself and commercial student) departed on a VFR flight. The purpose of the flight was to review the maneuvers required for him to pass the commercial practical test. 1 hour later we arrived at ZZZ for lndgs on runway 23; to practice 'power off 180' lndgs. The WX reporting at the airport had reported winds of 180 degrees at 5 KTS. A call to the unicom confirmed that runway 23 was in use. On the third landing the student accomplished everything to prepare the plane for landing; the 'gump check;' including making sure there was '3 green.' the landing was perfect in every way until the final moment of the landing. There were no hops; skids; or side loading of the airplane. When the nose gear contacted the runway it collapsed. The propeller and bottom engine cowling then impacted the runway and the aircraft slid to a stop in a nose down attitude (the 2 main gears remained in the down and locked position). Upon exiting the aircraft master and magnetos were turned off. Both of us exited the airplane unharmed. I believe that the cause of the incident (as it was classified by the NTSB) was a failure of the nose gear. Though it indicated down and locked; the gear somehow failed and collapsed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PA28 NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED DURING LNDG.
Narrative: WE (MYSELF AND COMMERCIAL STUDENT) DEPARTED ON A VFR FLT. THE PURPOSE OF THE FLT WAS TO REVIEW THE MANEUVERS REQUIRED FOR HIM TO PASS THE COMMERCIAL PRACTICAL TEST. 1 HR LATER WE ARRIVED AT ZZZ FOR LNDGS ON RWY 23; TO PRACTICE 'PWR OFF 180' LNDGS. THE WX RPTING AT THE ARPT HAD RPTED WINDS OF 180 DEGS AT 5 KTS. A CALL TO THE UNICOM CONFIRMED THAT RWY 23 WAS IN USE. ON THE THIRD LNDG THE STUDENT ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING TO PREPARE THE PLANE FOR LNDG; THE 'GUMP CHK;' INCLUDING MAKING SURE THERE WAS '3 GREEN.' THE LNDG WAS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY UNTIL THE FINAL MOMENT OF THE LNDG. THERE WERE NO HOPS; SKIDS; OR SIDE LOADING OF THE AIRPLANE. WHEN THE NOSE GEAR CONTACTED THE RWY IT COLLAPSED. THE PROP AND BOTTOM ENG COWLING THEN IMPACTED THE RWY AND THE ACFT SLID TO A STOP IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE (THE 2 MAIN GEARS REMAINED IN THE DOWN AND LOCKED POS). UPON EXITING THE ACFT MASTER AND MAGNETOS WERE TURNED OFF. BOTH OF US EXITED THE AIRPLANE UNHARMED. I BELIEVE THAT THE CAUSE OF THE INCIDENT (AS IT WAS CLASSIFIED BY THE NTSB) WAS A FAILURE OF THE NOSE GEAR. THOUGH IT INDICATED DOWN AND LOCKED; THE GEAR SOMEHOW FAILED AND COLLAPSED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.