NTSB Identification: WPR09CA469
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 25, 2009 in Parowan, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N1040D
Injuries: 5 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 reported that on his second landing approach in dark night conditions he observed that he was above the glide slope. As he approached the end of the runway, he "flattened out" his descent and landed flat, with all three tires hitting the runway simultaneously. The airplane subsequently bounced, and he "pushed in on the [control] yoke to get back down on the runway." The pilot stated that this made the second bounce worse than the first. He then tried unsuccessfully to pull back on the yoke to prevent the airplane from bouncing a third time. Because he feared another bounce would collapse the landing gear, he initiated a go-around by applying full power and beginning a gentle climb. He reported that the stall warning alerted at about 45 knots and that he "felt the left wing fall, which was followed by an impact with the ground." The airplane's left wing sustained substantial damage and there was no postcrash fire. The pilot reported no anomalies with the airplane prior to the accident.

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

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

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