NTSB Identification: CEN14LA213
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Morton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2014
Aircraft: CROW MUSTANG II, registration: N48MK
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that the accident occurred during the third flight test of the recently completed amateur-built airplane. The pilot stated that there were no anomalies with the airplane during his preflight inspection or before-takeoff engine run-up. After an uneventful takeoff, he proceeded to a nearby practice area where he completed basic flight maneuvers and measured cruise performance parameters before returning to the airport for a full-stop landing. Upon returning to the airport, the pilot decided to land on runway 22 because it was longer and wider than the other runway, and the prevailing wind from the south-southwest favored either runway. The airplane landed hard, bounced, and then veered off the left side of the runway before the pilot could regain control. The airplane subsequently nosed over after encountering soft terrain located alongside the runway. Postaccident wreckage examinations revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. A review of available wind data indicated that a gusting left crosswind component of 9 to 14 knots existed during the landing.

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

The pilot's improper landing flare after encountering a gusting crosswind and his inadequate recovery from the subsequent bounced landing.

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