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N80AM accident description

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Crash location 44.622778°N, 86.198055°W
Nearest city Frankfort, MI
44.633610°N, 86.234540°W
1.9 miles away
Tail number N80AM
Accident date 03 Aug 2014
Aircraft type Great Lakes 2T 1A 2
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot maneuvered the airplane to land on runway 33 at the destination airport. Wind was from 230 at 9 knots gusting to 15 knots. During the landing flare, the airplane landed hard and bounced. The nose of the airplane shifted 30 degrees from the runway heading so the pilot applied full power to perform a go-around. The left wing dropped and collided with terrain. The airplane was substantially damaged to the wings and fuselage. The pilot reported that he did not have recent experience in his tail wheel airplane. In addition, the pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane prior to the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing in gusty, crosswind conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot lack of recent tail wheel landing experience.

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