Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cirrus SR20-G2, Prescott Flying Club, N323FT: Accident occurred May 14, 2016 in South St. Paul, Dakota County, Minnesota


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA256
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 2016 in South St Paul, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20, registration: N323FT
Injuries: 4 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 during the landing flare the airplane impacted the ground in a slight nose high pitch attitude, which resulted in a tail strike. The pilot further reported that he taxied to the ramp area without further incident. 

A postaccident examination by the pilot revealed substantial damage to the rudder.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's excessive nose high pitch attitude, which resulted in a tail strike during the landing flare.

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