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NTSB Identification: WPR14CA088
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 04, 2014 in Manzanita, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/2014
Aircraft: CLAYHOLD SPORTSMAN GS-2, registration: N391TD
Injuries: 1 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 final approach, the wind gusts ballooned the airplane up and down. Just prior to landing, he added power however, the airplane subsequently landed hard and bounced. He stated he could see that the right main gear was damaged from the hard landing and decided to depart from the area and land at another airport. Further examination revealed substantial damage to the fuselage near the right landing gear attachment area. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical 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 as follows:
  • The pilot's inadequate landing flare and failure to maintain control of the airplane while landing with gusting wind.