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Hard Landing

Little Patience on a Not-so-good Day!

On final approach to the runway, the Piper Malibu struck a snow bank 125 feet short of the threshold. The impact and the following hard landing caused substantial damage to the wings and the landing gear. The pilot taxiied to the hangar where he inspected the damage.

No doubt angry with himself, frustrated and impatient, he decided to taxi the aircraft into the hangar, but did not appreciate that the damaged aircraft now sat on the ground in a tail-high, nose-low attitude. As he entered the hanger, the aircraft’s vertical fin hit the top of the door and the propeller slammed into a steel tow bar.

Originally Published: ASL 4-1996
Original Article: Just Briefly - Little Patience on a Not-so-good Day!