NTSB Identification: ANC96LA147.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 08, 1996 in ANCHORAGE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/1997
Aircraft: Rans 7, registration: N4012H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The purpose of the flight was for the flight instructor (CFI) to become familiar with the homebuilt experimental airplane and to then teach the student pilot/owner, who was also aboard the airplane. According to the CFI, he was having continuing difficulty landing the airplane at the practice, gravel airstrip, and thought about leaving the airplane there and retrieving it later. He elected to fly the airplane to Merrill Field, in Anchorage, because it was getting dark and he wanted to get the airplane to its home base. He also noted that he assumed the paved runway at Merrill would be more difficult to land on. While landing at Merrill Field, the airplane bounced two or three times, and went off the right side of runway 24. The CFI attempted to abort the landing, but was unable to keep the airplane from striking airplanes parked on the ramp. The CFI said there was no preimpact mechanical difficulties with airplane.

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

the pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing and failure to maintain control of the aircraft. A factor relatated to the accident was: the pilot's improper decision to continue the flight after he identified he was having difficulty landing the airplane.

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