NTSB Identification: CEN10CA167
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 21, 2010 in Sugar Land, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/01/2010
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N616CP
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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 private pilot was landing at a familiar airport at night. During the landing the pilot reported misjudging the runway landing zone and approached the runway with a steep descent. The airplane landed hard on the runway and bounced back into the air. The pilot reported that while back in the air, a crosswind pushed the airplane off of the 100-foot wide runway and the airplane touched down in the grass off of the runway. When the pilot applied power to go-around, the airplane's nosewheel dug into the soil and the airplane flipped inverted. The airplane's fuselage, empennage, and rudder received substantial damage. The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the airframe or engine prior to the accident. An examination of the airframe and engine by Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any preimpact anomalies. In addition, the pilot reported no problems with the airport facilities.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain a proper glidepath and rate of descent during approach, resulting in a hard landing.

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