NTSB Identification: ATL01LA113
Accident occurred Sunday, September 09, 2001 in Punta Gorda, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2002
Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC, registration: N4070E
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 had been conducting touch-and-go landings on runway 15 at the airport. On the fifth landing, the pilot stated everything seemed normal, but, upon touchdown, the airplane "suddenly lurched over" to the left and skidded off to the left side of the runway. Examination of the airplane found the left main landing gear separated, and the left wing tip bent. The propeller and stringers in the lower fuselage also sustained damage. The pilot's seat pan was found collapsed. Examination of the airplane failed to disclose a mechanical malfunction or component failure.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper flare which resulted in a hard landing and subsequent collapse of the landing gear.. Full narrative available
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