Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quad City Challenger II, N289MN: Accident occurred February 11, 2017 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA136
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Punta Gorda, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: NIELSEN MARTIN M CHALLENGER II, registration: N289MN
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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, while on his second landing attempt, the airplane began to sink rapidly, and the right wing dropped. He applied right rudder and power in an attempt to maintain directional control but was unsuccessful. The airplane settled in the bushes to the left of the runway. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

The pilot reported no preaccident 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 directional control during landing.

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