Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Vans RV-9A, N347N: Accident occurred March 22, 2016 in Allison, Butler County, Iowa 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Des Moines FSDO-61

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA154
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in Allison, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: NICHOLSON DAVID F RV 9, registration: N347N
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 while landing on a grass airstrip, the nose landing gear "caught" on the soft turf and collapsed. The airplane slid about 60 feet, the forward portion of the fuselage impacted terrain, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, rudder, vertical stabilizer, and firewall. 

The pilot verified that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

As a safety recommendation, the pilot reported to keep the nose landing gear off the ground longer during the landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's improper soft-field landing technique, which resulted in a nose landing gear collapse and a nose over.

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