Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2000 Issue

March 5, Palo Alto, Calif. / Piper Malibu

At 12:27 PST, a Piper PA-46-310 hit the ground short of runway 30 at Palo Alto, damaging the airplane but leaving the occupants uninjured. The pilot said the airplane landed approximately two feet short of the runway, then struck the lip of the pavement, which sheered off the left main gear. The airplane struck a taxiway sign with the left wing while it was traveling down the runway. The pilot told investigators he was using 85 knots as his target speed. He said that at about 100 feet agl he noticed that he had an excessive sink rate and his airspeed was about 97 knots. He said he pitched up to cut the airspeed and sink rate, but by the time he noticed it wasn’t working, he was already on th...

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