The pilot reported he had recently obtained the pusher-type airplane, a RANS S-14, and that the accident flight was the first time he had flown it or any pusher-type airplane.
He performed numerous taxi tests at the airport in Kewanee, Ill., over a three-hour period and then decided to take off and fly around the traffic pattern.
On the first approach to landing, the airplane was too high, so he performed a go-around.
He reported that, during the next approach, as the airplane was about 100 feet above ground level and positioned to land, he reduced the engine power, and the airplane just “fell out of the sky.”
He reported that the engine was running normally when he reduced the power for landing.
The airplane hit the ground in a nearly flat attitude, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and serious injuries to the pilot.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during the final approach, which resulted in a stall/mush. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to obtain training in the pusher-type airplane.
NTSB Identification: CEN15LA068
This November 2014 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.