NTSB Identification: CHI95LA325.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 14, 1995 in CHESTERFIELD, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1995
Aircraft: Bede Aircraft BD12, registration: N112BD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRPLANE'S FLIGHT TEST MISSION WAS FOR HIGH SPEED TAXI TESTS WITH THE INTENT TO LIFT OFF THE GROUND FOR A FLIGHT ABOVE THE RUNWAY. AFTER LIFTOFF THE PILOT SAID THE AIRPLANE'S LONGITUDINAL HANDLING QUALITIES WERE UNDESIREABLE. HE SAID HE COULD NOT ACHIEVE A PROPER AIRPLANE PITCH ATTITUDE TO ESTABLISH A FLARE LANDING ATTITUDE BEFORE THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN HARD.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE AIRPLANE'S INADEQUATE HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS WHICH RESULTED IN THE INABILITY TO CONTROL PITCH ATTITUDE DURING LANDING.

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