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N15PU accident description

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Crash location 39.014444°N, 94.214722°W
Nearest city Grain Valley, MO
39.015007°N, 94.198558°W
0.9 miles away
Tail number N15PU
Accident date 24 Nov 2012
Aircraft type Christen Industries Inc Pitts S-2S
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was landing the tailwheel-equipped airplane, and he applied aft control stick to "pin the tail" on the runway. The airplane bounced off the runway surface, veered to the right, and the pilot attempted to abort the landing. During the aborted landing, the left wing struck the terrain. Subsequently, the main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane skidded back onto the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lower 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 improper landing flare, which led to a bounced landing and subsequent loss of control.

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