NTSB Identification: WPR13CA028
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in Casa Grande, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2013
Aircraft: SPORT PLANE DYNAMICS LLC LIGHTNING, registration: N121L
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 reported that during the landing flare with full flaps selected, the airplane landed hard and bounced back into the air. The pilot attempted to abort the landing by applying full power and retracting the flaps in an effort to regain airspeed. The pilot stated that he was unable to regain airspeed and kept the wings level until the airplane landed adjacent to the runway. Subsequently, the airplane struck a dirt berm and came to rest nose low. Examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing was structurally damaged. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot operating handbook for the make/model of the accident airplane outlines a procedure for balked landings. The procedure states that the throttle should be placed full forward, the trim set as required, and flaps positioned to one-half and then retracted when operating above 80 miles per hour and 100 feet above ground level.

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

The pilot’s failure to follow specified procedures for an aborted landing and loss of control during the attempt.

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