NTSB Identification: ERA09CA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 29, 2008 in Bayport, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2009
Aircraft: Michael Muratore Vans, registration: N307MM
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.

While landing on an unimproved-turf airstrip, the pilot of the amateur-built airplane attempted to lower the flaps using the electric flap switch. He noted no extension of the flaps and re-cycled the switch. The flaps did not extend and the pilot decided to conduct a no-flap landing. The pilot stated that he made a "low approach to limit glide slope and maintained about 90 kias [knots indicated airspeed]." The airplane touched down in the first 1/3 of the runway, with the main landing gear contacting the ground first. The pilot pulled the control stick aft, allowing the tailwheel to contact the ground, and applied full brakes to slow the airplane. The airplane began sliding on the damp grass and impacted trees at the end of the runway, substantially damaging the left wing. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal evidence of any preimpact failures or malfunctions with the airplane.

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

The pilot's failure to stop the airplane within the available runway after touchdown. Contributing to the accident were the failure of the flap system as reported by the pilot and the damp grass.

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