Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2009 Issue

October 10, 2009, Nondalton, Alaska, Piper PA-31-350 Navajo

The solo airline transport pilot was landing on a gravel-covered airstrip. While on final approach, the airplane "encountered a sinker" and began to descend below his anticipated approach path. He added full engine power to stop the descent, but the airplane continued to descend, landing hard on the right side of the runway.

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