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Aviation Accident

NTSB Identification: ERA13CA132
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 09, 2013 in Lewisburg, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/18/2013
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/owner stated that during the approach for landing he was flying “slightly high and slightly too fast.” In an attempt to salvage the landing, the pilot reduced power, which resulted in a hard bounce on the runway with the airplane returning to a height of about 15 feet. The pilot then applied power in an attempt to remain airborne but lost directional control of the airplane. As the pilot attempted to regain heading control, he again reduced power, which resulted in the left wing impacting the ground then the airplane spinning around in a field just west of the taxiway and runway. Postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. The pilot reported no preimpact 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 improper landing flare and failure to maintain directional control during the landing.