NTSB Identification: CHI97LA128.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, March 26, 1997 in HAYS, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/1997
Aircraft: ROCHETTE RANS S-12 XL, registration: N102EY
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 pilot/owner of the experimental airplane reported that he had recently completed building the airplane. The pilot had three hours of flight time in the airplane. The pilot/owner reported that he was practicing a no-flap landing. He crossed the runway threshhold at 55 miles per hour, but with a 'fast sink rate.' He added power and flared, but landed hard. The airplane skidded off the runway and hit a runway sign.

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

the pilot improperly flared the airplane and the pilot's lack of experience in the type of airplane.

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