Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2011 Issue

September 2, 2011, Gerlach, Nev., Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee 180

The pilot stated that he was flying the airplane over a large open desert playa. He decided to land after flying low over the surface to determine if he could make a safe landing. The surface appeared to be flat and dry. Upon touching down, the landing gear dug into the about 8-inch deep soft tufa

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