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Loss of Control on Ground: Explorer, N141E: accident occurred February 18, 2022 at Coeur d'Alene Airport (KCOE), Kootenai County, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 
Accident Number: WPR22LA104
Date and Time: February 18, 2022, 15:45 Local
Registration: N141E
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot in the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, he planned for a wheel landing. Shortly after the main landing gear touched down followed by the tailwheel, the main landing gear lifted off the ground. The pilot pitched the airplane forward, but the airplane continued to bounce. The pilot again applied forward pressure to the control stick when the tail lifted, and the airplane subsequently nosed over. The rudder, wing struts and forward fuselage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s improper landing flare which, resulted in a bounced landing, loss of airplane control and subsequent nose over. 


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 15, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 21, 2020
Flight Time: 235 hours (Total, all aircraft), 22 hours (Total, this make and model), 235 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N141E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2020 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 001
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 31, 2021 Continuous airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2614.6 Hrs
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-320 B2A
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 160 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOE, 2320 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coeur d' Alene, ID (KCOE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Coeur d' Alene, ID (KCOE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:40 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Coeur d' Alene Pappy Boyington Field COE
Runway Surface Type:  Asphalt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 2320 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 2/20 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5400 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and go; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.772619,-116.81682

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