This September 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Lakeville, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was practicing night landings, said he was too high on final and reduced the power to idle and descended. The approach lights were on and the pilot reported that they were bright. He said that he was pressing the push to talk switch while looking at the lights and heard a loud bang. He stated the airplane porpoised and he then regained control and landed. The approach lights were damaged and the airplane sustained substantial damage.
Probable cause: The lack of clearance from the approach lights and the distraction of the bright approach lights during his night approach.
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