NTSB Identification: DEN08CA043.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 22, 2007 in Gallup, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2008
Aircraft: Champion 7GCAA, registration: N8305V
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, during the night landing he flared too high, the airplane stalled, and impacted the runway with the nose canted to the right. He said that he added power in attempt to straighten the airplane, but the airplane departed the runway to the right, traveled through a ditch and nosed over, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot reported no anomalies with the airplane systems. He stated he was not night current, and did not hold a valid medical certificate.

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

The pilot's premature landing flare and an inadvertent stall/mush. A contributing factor is pilot's lack of recent night experience.

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