NTSB Identification: SEA02FA124.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 06, 2002 in Battle Ground, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2003
Aircraft: Unrein Productmatch 80 P51D, registration: N51PL
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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/owner of the 80% scale North American P-51D experimental replica, entered the pattern for runway seven (2100 feet long - asphalt) establishing the aircraft at 95 miles per hour (mph) on the downwind with the landing gear and flaps down. He reduced airspeed to 90 mph turning base and then decelerated to 80 mph on final. Upon touchdown the aircraft bounced and began a left roll. The pilot applied full right rudder, full right aileron and full power in an attempt to recover. With the aircraft in a 30-degree left bank headed towards homes and trees he cut power and attempted an intentional left ground loop maneuver. The aircraft impacted a chain link fence and then penetrated the wall of a residence coming to rest inside a multi-car garage. The pilot had 356 hours of experience and numerous landings in the accident aircraft. He reported the winds as calm at the time of the landing. The pilot also reported that he allowed the airspeed to decelerate below the "critical 80-mph threshold speed."

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

The pilot's failure to maintain the proper airspeed (80 mph) on final approach resulting in a bounced landing and a loss of control during an attempted go-around and ultimately the on ground collision with a residence. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the attempted go-around maneuver and the residence (structure).

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