Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TL Ultralight SRO TL-3000 Sirius, Swan Air LLC, N726T: Accident occurred April 08, 2016 in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Minneapolis FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA189
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 08, 2016 in South St. Paul, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: TL ULTRALIGHT SRO TL-3000 SIRIUS, registration: N726T
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 he encountered gusty wind conditions and a "sudden low level wind shear" during the landing flare and touched down hard. During the landing roll, the pilot noticed that he could not steer the airplane to the left, but he was able to stop the airplane on the runway. During a postaccident inspection, evidence of a propeller strike was also observed. 

The firewall was substantially damaged. 

An automated weather observing system, about the time of the accident, at the accident airport reported the wind 330 degrees true at 16 knots gusting to 28 knots. The pilot reported that he landed on runway 34.

The pilot did not report any 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 failure to maintain a proper landing flare in gusty wind conditions, which resulted in a hard landing and substantial damage to the firewall.

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