NTSB Identification: MIA98FA237.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 05, 1998 in PANAMA CITY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2000
Aircraft: GLASAIR SH-2R, registration: N534TS
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Eye witnesses stated that during takeoff, the engine sputtered and seemed to smooth out. The pilot entered a shallow left bank, climbed to about 500 to 600 feet, agl, disappeared from sight behind a tree line, and reemerged in a shallow right bank for a landing in the opposite direction. The pilot overshot the runway centerline, entered a steep bank to correct, and began a descent for landing while still aligning for landing. The airplane was then observed to assume the landing attitude at 50 to 75 feet, agl, and hold that attitude until very hard touchdown left of the grass runway. The three landing gear collapsed, the wings flexed extensively, spewing fuel, and the airplane skidded up onto the runway and burned.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain a proper descent rate during a precautionary landing following a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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