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N337RL accident description

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Crash location Unknown
Nearest city Orange, MA
42.616753°N, 72.299529°W
Tail number N337RL
Accident date 13 Nov 1994
Aircraft type Lee Pazmany PL-4A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On November 13, 1994, at 1539 eastern standard time, a Pazmany PL-4A, N337RL, an experimental airplane, owned and piloted by Robert W. Lee, was substantially damaged during a landing at the Orange Airport, Orange, Massachusetts. The pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight was operated under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot was attempting to land on the grass beside Runway 01. The airplane landed hard, bounced, collapsed the main landing gear, and impacted the ground nose first. The pilot was injured during the impact sequence when his head struck the canopy.

According to the FAA, rescue personnel, reported that when they arrived at the crash site, the pilot was not buckled to the seat, and was sitting on the seat belts. The pilot survived the accident but died of his injuries on November 19, 1994.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's improper flare which resulted in a hard landing, collapse of the main gear, and inflight collision with the ground.

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