NTSB Identification: WPR14CA193
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Grand Canyon, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/02/2014
Aircraft: KALMAN GEORGE LANCAIR 360, registration: N521SH
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 entered a right traffic pattern and established 80 knots on final approach. During the final approach he reduced engine power to idle and began to flare the airplane. The pilot stated that he believed that he flared higher than normal and he held a steady pitch attitude. As the airspeed decreased the airplane unexpectedly dropped and impacted the runway hard. The pilot lost directional control and the airplane skidded off the runway into a grassy area. The subsequent impact resulted in substantial damage to the lower fuselage and rudder. The pilot report no preimpact malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadequate flare, which resulted in a hard landing. Full narrative available
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