This October 2007 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.
Aircraft: Globe GC-1B. Location: Edenton, N.C. Injuries: None. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot stated he reduced power abeam his intended touchdown point. Just prior to turning base leg the airspeed was 80 mph and the flaps were at 50%. The pilot continued the turn to final and lowered the flaps to the full down position. The left wing dropped 60°. The pilot applied full power, then leveled the wings but was unable to arrest the sink rate before the airplane collided hard with the runway. The impact bent both left and right wing spars.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed while on final approach, resulting in an inadvertent stall.
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