NTSB Identification: CEN13CA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Reklaw, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/27/2013
Aircraft: BATES STARDUSTER SA-300, registration: N2369
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 he was landing on a private grass airstrip and that the grass was wet from the previous night’s rain. He stated that the airstrip was not flat and had sections that rolled up and down. He added that the airplane touched down harder than usual, which caused the landing gear to spread outward on the wet grass. The engine’s propeller was then low enough to contact the rising terrain, and the airplane nosed over. A witness reported that the airplane bounced on the runway about three times before the airplane nosed over. The airplane came to rest in the inverted position, resulting in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, top wings, and the engine firewall.

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

The pilot’s improper recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in a noseover.

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