October 8, 2011, Wadsworth, Ohio, Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee


The airplane sustained substantial damage at approximately 1320 Eastern time when it impacted the visual approach slope indicator equipment during landing. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

After touchdown, the pilot applied brakes to slow the airplane and “nothing happened.” The airplane departed the runway surface, and the right wing contacted the visual approach slope indicator (VASI) system. The airplane came to rest upright adjacent to the runway. Post-accident examination revealed the left brake caliper was leaking fluid, and no fluid was noted in the brake system reservoir.



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