NTSB Identification: CHI93LA321.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 12, 1993 in PONTIAC, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1994
Aircraft: R.D. BELL/PIETENPOL AIRCAMPER, registration: N194BB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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THE HOMEBUILT AIRPLANE PERFORMED A THREE POINT LANDING ON A HARD SURFACE RUNWAY ACCORDING TO THE PILOT. DURING THE INITIAL LANDING ROLL THE AIRPLANE DRIFTED TO THE RIGHT, THE PILOT CORRECTED WITH LEFT RUDDER. DURING THE AIRPLANE'S MOVEMENT TOWARD THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE, THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS PRIOR TO THIS EVENT, THE AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED A RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSE DUE TO A HARD LANDING. SHORTLY AFTER THE LANDING GEAR REPAIR, THE AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED A SECOND HARD LANDING. THE AIRPLANE LOGBOOK DID NOT SPECIFY IF THE LANDING GEAR ASSEMBLY HAD COLLAPSED AFTER THE SECOND HARD LANDING.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT IN COMMAND NOT MAINTAINING A PROPER DESCENT RATE DURING THE FINAL APPROACH AND LANDING FLARE PHASE OF FLIGHT. Full narrative available
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