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N726T accident description

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Crash location 44.857500°N, 93.033056°W
Nearest city South St. Paul, MN
44.889764°N, 93.045389°W
2.3 miles away
Tail number N726T
Accident date 08 Apr 2016
Aircraft type Tl Ultralight Sro TL-3000 Sirius
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that he encountered gusty wind conditions and a "sudden low level wind shear" during the landing flare and touched down hard. During the landing roll, the pilot noticed that he could not steer the airplane to the left, but he was able to stop the airplane on the runway. During a postaccident inspection, evidence of a propeller strike was also observed.

The firewall was substantially damaged.

An automated weather observing system, about the time of the accident, at the accident airport reported the wind 330 degrees true at 16 knots gusting to 28 knots. The pilot reported that he landed on runway 34.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain a proper landing flare in gusty wind conditions, which resulted in a hard landing and substantial damage to the firewall.

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