NTSB Identification: LAX08CA279
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 25, 2008 in Vancouver, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/06/2009
Aircraft: ANDERSON R E/ABROMAVICH L J LANCAIR 360, registration: N6114
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 stated that the automated terminal information service reported that the winds were from the west at 6 knots. He entered downwind for runway 26, turned a long final at 500 feet, and planned to touch down just past the runway numbers. He noted a headwind as he approached at 90 miles per hour (mph). About 20 feet above ground level, the airplane suddenly sank. The airplane touched down hard in a nose-high attitude and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded about 1,000 feet and stopped off the left side of the runway. The pilot noted that he normally flew an approach speed of 90 mph, and chose to do so because the runway was only 2,600 feet long due to a displaced threshold. He uses 100 mph in high temperature or gusty wind conditions. He opined that if he had been at 100 mph, he might have been able to stop the unexpected high sink rate prior to contacting the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper flare, which resulted in a hard landing. Full narrative available
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