NTSB Identification: LAX02LA081.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 09, 2002 in PRESCOTT, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2002
Aircraft: CONRAD PULSAR 582, registration: N3218N
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot landed the airplane hard on the nose landing gear, which collapsed; this was his first flight in this type of airplane. The pilot had recently purchased the airplane and this was his first flight in it. He had the previous owner sitting in the right seat for the familiarization flight. The airplane had a single control stick mounted between the two seats, and he was the sole manipulator of the controls. He took off and intended to stay in the traffic pattern to practice touch-and-go landings and reported that the winds were very gusty. On the first landing he made a short approach that was too fast. After the nose landing gear sheared off, the airplane slid across the runway before coming to rest. The pilot had about 100 hours total time in airplanes, primarily in the Cessna 182, and was flying on a student certificate without an endorsement for this airplane. The previous owner was a commercial pilot, but not a certified flight instructor.

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

The pilot failed to maintain landing reference speed and aircraft control. A factor was the gusty wind conditions.

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