NTSB Identification: CHI08CA229.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 01, 2008 in Manchester, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/28/2008
Aircraft: Prendergast RV-7A, registration: N5025G
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot reported that during the landing he let the "nose come down and used brakes which caused the low clearance gear leg to dig in and begin bending." The airplane's propeller and wing subsequently contacted the "undulating" grass strip. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane during the accident flight. The pilot's safety recommendation was to replace the accident gear leg with the "new revision ... from Vans [aircraft] which has greater ground clearance."

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

The pilot's inadequate flare during landing. Contributing to the accident was the uneven terrain.

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