Wednesday, February 03, 2016

American Legend AL11C-100, N24184: Accident occurred January 30, 2016 in Las Animas, Bent County, Colorado

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA115 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 30, 2016 in Las Animas, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL11C 100, registration: N24184
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.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, he made an approach to his private sod airstrip after observing rain showers in days previous. The pilot reported that as the main wheels made contact with the surface the airplane immediately nosed over. A photograph taken following the accident and provided by the operator showed that the runway was water saturated and muddy. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings' lift struts and the rudder. 

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies prior to or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, resulting in a nose over.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Denver FSDO-03

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