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N109CT accident description

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Crash location 41.921389°N, 84.585833°W
Nearest city Hillsdale, MI
41.920047°N, 84.630510°W
2.3 miles away
Tail number N109CT
Accident date 10 Aug 2006
Aircraft type Flight Design CTSW
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The light sport airplane was damaged during a hard landing. The pilot had just completed an hour of dual instruction in the accident airplane. He stated that during the accident he was sole occupant of the airplane. He stated that during the landing he touched down hard and bounced into the air. He stated that when the airplane touched down the second time the nose landing gear bent and the airplane went off of the left side of the runway. He stated that the bent nose landing gear became stuck in the grass and the airplane nosed over on its back. According to the pilot, the wind was from 40 degrees right of the runway heading at 4 to 6 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's misjudged flare which resulted in the hard landing and his improper recovery from the bounced landing which resulted in the overload failure of the nose landing gear and subsequent nose over. The overload failure of the nose landing gear was a factor.

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