NTSB Identification: DFW08CA215
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of TRANS STATES AIRLINES (D.B.A. American Connection)
Accident occurred Thursday, August 14, 2008 in St. Louis, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: EMBRAER EMB-145LR, registration: N814HK
Injuries: 36 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.

While en route to the destination airport, the first officer (FO) warned that his flaps 45 degrees landings are "a little extreme." The FO continues by stating that the landings are "a little non-standard, but it’s way more fun." The flight data recorder (FDR) showed an increase in the airplane's pitch angle at approximately 34 feet above ground level. The landing flare continued to increase to approximately 13 degrees of pitch angle with a corresponding angle of attack of 17 degrees. The airplane's stick shaker/stall warning system activated seconds before the landing, during which the airplane's tail section contacted the runway.

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

The flying pilot's excessive angle of attack during the landing flare resulting in abnormal runway contact.

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