NTSB Identification: WPR09CA443
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 2009 in Helena, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 305A, registration: N119WW
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.

During the landing flare, the pilot misjudged his height above the runway, resulting in a higher-than-normal flare and a harder-than-normal touchdown. Immediately after the airplane made contact with the runway, it began to veer from side to side, and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. According to the pilot, there were no issues with the rudder or the tailwheel steering systems, but he did feel that the glare from bright sun that he was landing toward had contributed to his abnormal flare height.

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

The pilot's improper landing flare and recovery from a bounced landing.

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