Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2006 Issue

November 6, 2005, Opa-Locka, Fla. / Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow

The airplane was substantially damaged at about 1613 Eastern time after experiencing a hard landing during the initial climb. Visual conditions prevailed; there were no injuries to the Flight Instructor (CFI), pilot-rated student, or rear-seat observer. The observer verbally reported to an NTSB investigator that he heard the CFI call for the landing gear to be retracted after takeoff. He felt the hydraulic pump start to work. He heard the CFI say the landing gear was not retracting or words to that effect, and also reported that the pitch of the airplane remained the same. He looked outside, noticed they were losing altitude and were going to impact the ground. He added that the sound of the...

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