NTSB Identification: NYC83FHA04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20443.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 17, 1983 in POTTSTOWN, PA
Aircraft: HOMEBUILT E.A.A. P-2, registration: N40JM
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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.

THE PILOT SAID HE HAD JUST PURCHASED THE ACFT AND THIS WAS HIS FIRST FLIGHT. SINCE THIS WAS A SINGLE SEAT HOME BUILT ACFT THE STUDENT PILOT BELIEVED HE COULD NOT GET AN INSTRUCTOR TO CHECK HIM OUT OR SIGN HIM OUT FOR SOLO. PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT SEVERAL WITNESSES SAW THIS ACFT FLYING AT EXTREMELY LOW ALTITUDE AROUND THE AIRPORT. AN INSPECTION OF THE ACFT AFTER THE ACCIDENT REVEALED TREE BRANCHES AND TREE LEAVES ON THE WINGS AND STRUTS. THE PILOT DID NOT SUBMIT A REPORT SO HIS PILOT EXPERIENCE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. HE DID STATE TO AN INVESTIGATING TROOPER THAT HE 'BALLOONED BADLY' DURING THE LANDING AND BOUNCED OFF THE RUNWAY.

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

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE TRANSITION/UPGRADE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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