Aircraft: Aero AT-4. Injuries: None. Location: San Diego, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. When the airplane was about 3 feet above the ground, the airplane stalled, touched down hard and bounced. The pilot applied power to abort the landing but the LSA pulled to the left.
The airplane bounced a second time, and an air traffic controller told the pilot to go-around. The pilot lost control, the airplane yawed further to the left, and the left wing hit the ground.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper recovery from a bounced landing and failure to maintain control during an attempted go-around.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA445
This September 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.