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N9027M accident description

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Crash location 45.146111°N, 122.617500°W
Nearest city Molalla, OR
45.147345°N, 122.577032°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N9027M
Accident date 14 May 2012
Aircraft type Hunter A-20 Vista Cruiser
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that during the flight he was locating off airport landing locations and observed a dirt road that appeared to be suitable for landing. The pilot stated that he performed a flat approach to the road with power and landed hard. Subsequently, the left wing struck a rock and the airplane immediately veered to the left and the main landing gear separated, which resulted in structural damage to the left and right wing and fuselage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a rock during an off-airport landing.

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