The pilot reported that during a landing at a remote dirt airstrip near Cascade, Idaho, while on short final, the Kitfox encountered a downdraft that resulted in a touchdown short of the runway. After impact the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage frame, the rudder, vertical stabilizer, and the engine mounts.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain a proper glide path, which resulted in a touchdown short of the runway.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA401
This August 2013 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.