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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149241
Last updated: 10 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic COL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lancair LC42-550FG Columbia 350
Owner/operator:Global Governments Inc
Registration: N6512Y
C/n / msn: 42016
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:1 mile south of Okeechobee County Airport - KOBE, Okeechobee, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:West Palm Beach, FL (F45)
Destination airport:Okeechobee, FL (OBE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot/owner stated that he was conducting an experiment to see where on the runway the airplane would touch down using RNAV/GPS guidance. He said he became preoccupied with the instrumentation in the airplane, landed hard, and did not realize that he had done "serious damage" to the airplane. Examination of a video recording submitted by a witness revealed two high-speed, shallow approaches to the runway. On the first approach, the airplane traveled well past the normal touchdown zone at a high rate, touched down briefly, and then climbed back into the traffic pattern. On its second approach, the airplane crossed the runway threshold at a high rate of speed, a low altitude, and at a shallow approach angle. The airplane then struck the ground in a flat attitude, the nose landing gear separated from the airframe, and the propeller struck the runway. The airplane then pitched up, the engine noise increased, the tail struck the runway, and the airplane climbed at a shallow angle. The airplane subsequently collided with containers and vehicles in a commercial lot about one-half mile from the departure end of the runway. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.



Revision history:

20-Sep-2012 07:11 TB Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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