NTSB Identification: CEN12CA391
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Mexico, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/2012
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N1380K
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.

The pilot and passenger had just completed a local flight from a private airfield. The pilot reported that he flared for the landing with the airplane’s airspeed between 60 and 65 mph at 3 to 4 feet above the ground, and the left wing dropped abruptly. The airplane’s left landing gear hit the ground hard and the airplane bounced; the pilot was then able to recover for a normal 3-point landing. An examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot stated that it felt as though the airplane was pushed to the ground, which he believed was due to a strong downdraft or gust of wind. Wind in the area about 40 minutes before the accident was reported to be from 170 degrees at 7 knots.

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

The airplane's encounter with a downdraft during the landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

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