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N8305V accident description

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Crash location 35.500833°N, 108.783889°W
Nearest city Gallup, NM
35.528078°N, 108.742584°W
3.0 miles away
Tail number N8305V
Accident date 22 Dec 2007
Aircraft type Champion 7GCAA
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to a telephone conversation with the pilot, during the night landing to runway 06 (7,316 feet by 100 feet, asphalt) he flared too high and the airplane "stalled." The airplane impacted the runway with the nose "canted to the right." The pilot reported that he added power in attempt to straighten the airplane. The airplane departed the runway to the right. The airplane traveled through a ditch and nosed over. Both wings were bent down and aft, the firewall wrinkled, and the vertical stabilizer crushed down. The pilot reported no anomalies with the airplane systems. The pilot reported he was not night current and did not hold a valid medical certificate. Despite several requests, the pilot did not complete and submit an Aircraft Accident Investigation Report Form 6120.1.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's premature landing flare and an inadvertent stall/mush. A contributing factor is pilot's lack of recent night experience.

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