ERA12CA333
ERA12CA333

***This report was modified on November 7, 2012. Please see the docket for this accident to view the original report.***

According to the pilot, this was an initial familiarization flight on the recently purchased airplane. He had conducted a few high speed taxi runs before departing into the pattern. After takeoff, he turned downwind and set the airplane up for a full stop landing. While on final approach, he descended to approximately 50 feet above a tree line when the right wing dropped downward. He attempted to level out the airplane, but lost control and collided with the ground short of the runway. The post accident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both wings were separated from the airplane and the fuselage was fragmented. According to the pilot, there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The wind conditions at the time of the accident were winds 170 degrees at 5 knots.

In a 2012 safety study on "The Safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft," the NTSB concluded that "purchasers of used [experimental amateur-built] (E-AB) aircraft face particular challenges in transitioning to the unfamiliar E-AB aircraft. Like builders of new E-AB aircraft, they must learn to manage the unique handling characteristics of their aircraft and learn the systems, structure, and equipment, but without the firsthand knowledge afforded to the builder." Thus, the NTSB recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration and the Experimental Aircraft Association "complete planned action to create a coalition of kit manufacturers, type clubs, and pilot and owner groups and (1) develop transition training resources and (2) identify and apply incentives to encourage both builders of experimental amateur-built aircraft and purchasers of used experimental amateur-built aircraft to complete the training that is developed."

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