NTSB Identification: ERA11CA304
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 07, 2011 in Stevensville, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/30/2011
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor, the student pilot was landing with the airplane trimmed for an approach airspeed of 62 knots and configured with approximately one-half flaps. About 15 to 20 feet above the runway, with no prestall indication or buffeting noted, the airplane suddenly dropped, then impacted the runway. The airplane veered off the left side of the runway, and the right wing was substantially damaged when it impacted a precision approach path indicator stanchion. The flight instructor did not report any preexisting mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

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

The student pilot's improper flare which resulted in a hard landing, and the flight instructor's lack of remedial action.

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