NTSB Identification: CEN10CA344
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 25, 2010 in Neenah, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: AIR CREATION GTE, registration: N5609N
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 had not flown for six months prior to the accident flight so he decided to remain in the airport traffic pattern where he performed six approaches. He continued to perform approaches until he was confident that he could remain on the runway centerline in preparation for his first landing attempt. During a landing on runway 18, the airplane airspeed decreased "more quickly" than the pilot expected, which resulted in a hard landing. The airplane sustained substantial damage, including deformation to the fuselage.

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

The pilot's improper landing flare that resulted in a hard landing.

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