Saturday, April 19, 2014

Flight Design CTSW, N298AB: Accident occurred April 19, 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana

NTSB Identification: CEN14CA207
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Bloomington, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/05/2014
Aircraft: FLIGHT DESIGN GMBH CTSW, registration: N298AB
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 stated that the winds were gusting from 14 to 19 knots when he was cleared to land on runway 17. As the pilot reduced the airspeed, the airplane "lost lift and began to drop rapidly." The pilot added full power; however, the airplane landed hard, bounced, and porpoised. The nosewheel landing gear bent aft resulting in substantial damage to the firewall. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. Wind at the time of the accident was recorded as 090 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot did not maintain control of the airplane while landing.