NTSB Identification: WPR09LA445
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 2009 in Chemehuevi Valley, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/16/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 182K, registration: N2819R
Injuries: 3 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he conducted an approach to landing over the lake, landing to the west, and that as he reduced power to flare the airplane was caught in a downdraft. The airplane subsequently landed hard and bounced down the runway. On the third oscillation the nose landing gear sheared off before the airplane slid off of the runway and came to rest inverted. The nearest weather reporting system, located about 17 miles to the northwest of the airport, reported wind from 040 degrees at 5 knots. The pilot also reported landing with a slight tailwind.

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

The pilot's improper flare while landing with a tailwind, resulting in a bounced landing.

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