NTSB Identification: CHI89LA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40154.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 17, 1989 in LINDEN, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/02/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N4240N
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.

WHILE ON A LOCAL PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE NON-CERTIFICATED PILOT WAS OBSERVED TO MAKE A HARD LANDING ON A SOD RUNWAY. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO A STOP, THE PILOT SHUT IT DOWN AND PERFORMED A WALK-AROUND INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT WAS THEN OBSERVED TO RESTART THE AIRCRAFT AND TAKE OFF, RETURNING TO THE AIRCRAFT'S HOME BASE AIRPORT. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT'S 'TAIL WHEEL WAS VIBRATING ENOUGH TO SEE AND HEAR IT...THE PLANE (FLEW) COCKEYED.' THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED FURTHER DAMAGE WHEN IT GROUND-LOOPED UPON LANDING AT THE HOME BASE.

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

THE PILOT'S POOR JUDGEMENT, POOR AIRCRAFT HANDLING, AND THE RESULTANT HARD TOUCHDOWN.

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