October 12, 2006, Osage Beach, Mo. / Piper PA-24-260


The airplane was substantially damaged during a hard landing. The pilot reported experiencing light to moderate turbulence during descent to the airport and that, “immediately prior to touchdown there was a gust of wind jerking us in our seats. There was an immediate loss of airspeed and lift.” The pilot reported applying full power but the airplane impacted the runway hard. The pilot reported that the winds at the accident airport were from 270 degrees at 10 knots gusting to 30 knots. The nearest weather reporting station located about 7 nautical miles east of the accident airport recorded the wind from 270 degrees at 9 knots gusting to 14 knots. Runway 32 was used for the landing.


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