NTSB Identification: MIA96LA172.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 30, 1996 in APALACHICOLA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Charles Raymond GLASAIR 2SFT, registration: N16CD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that she entered the traffic pattern to land on runway 14 with a crosswind from the left of about 10 knots. While on short final approach with partial flaps extended and an indicated airspeed of 90 miles-per-hour, the flight encountered a downdraft. She added only partial power and the airplane landed short of the runway separating the nose landing gear. She further stated that the engine responded when she added power and she only applied a slight pitch up correction when adding power. Examination of the airplane revealed that the 4 AN3-14A bolts that secure the nose gear trunnion attach plate to the nose gear support rib were bent and the threads were stripped. The original prototype engine/propeller combination was approximately 100 pounds lighter than the installed engine/propeller combination but with the same size and number of bolts used to secure the nose gear trunnion attach plate.

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

Inadequate application of throttle input and up elevator input by the pilot-in-command. Contributing to the accident was the in-flight encounter with a downdraft and inadequate design of the airplane by the kit manufacturer.

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