NTSB Identification: ERA11CA153
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 30, 2011 in Crescent City, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/08/2011
Aircraft: OTTERBACK NICHOLAS J LIGHTNING, registration: N324AL
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot, on the first approach to land the airplane's speed was too fast and he elected to perform a go-around. On the second approach, the airspeed was too fast again and the airplane bounced twice upon landing. He applied full power in an attempt to abort the landing. During the takeoff, the left main landing gear separated from the airplane and it veered off the left side of the runway. The airplane impacted an embankment and a tree resulting in substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies and the pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions.

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

The pilot's inadequate flare and failure to recover from a bounced landing which resulted in a runway excursion.

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