NTSB Identification: DFW05LA151.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 05, 2005 in Boerne, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Beaton RV-6A, registration: N927CL
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The 305-hour private pilot was on downwind for landing on a 4,300-foot long by 60-foot wide asphalt runway, when he noticed the manual flap handle would not move past the half-flap setting. He then realized that his seat belt was wrapped around the flap handle, restricting its movement. In order to free the flap handle, the pilot released his seat belt. The pilot became distracted with the seat belt and turned downwind-to-final 15 mph faster and higher than normal, but determined that he had enough runway length". He leveled off and began the flare, but the airplane landed hard and bounced in the air. The pilot added power, however, the airplane sank, hit and bounced in the air a second, and third time. During the third bounce he lost directional control and veered to the left of the runway. When the airplane's nose wheel hit the turf, it "broke," and the airplane nosed over.

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

The hard landing as a result of the pilot’s improper flare and his failure to recover from a bounced landing. A contributing factor was the pilot's diverted attention.

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