Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Arion Lightning LS-1, N316H: Accident occurred June 25, 2016 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Indianapolis FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA334
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Kokomo, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: HUBBARD WILLIAM H LIGHTNING, registration: N316H
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 during the landing flare at night he used his peripheral vision to keep the airplane in the center of the runway, but when the nose touched down, the airplane was to the left of centerline. The pilot further reported that the airplane continued to veer to the left and impacted a runway light and a runway identification sign. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. 

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 failure to maintain directional control during the landing flare at night, which resulted in an impact with a runway light and runway sign.

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