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Hard Landing – turn to close to ground

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Pilot Details

Age: 50
Weight: 185
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Model: macpara IV
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Paramotor Frame: Fresh Breeze Simonini with

Incident Details

April 26, 2012
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Pilot received PPG 2 using a trike. Pilot was performing a foot launch. Launch was successful. However, motor was missing making climbout difficult. Pilot made turn back to field at less than 50ft to attempt a downwind landing and avoid obstacles outside the landing zone. Turn was fine and pilot would have made the downwind landing successfully. However, once into the wind, he felt the landing speed was going to be too high. He tried to execute a turn to get more into the wind, but was too low and spiraled into ground. Learning is that once a landing decision is made at low altitude, pilot must be committed. Turns at low altitude create to much altitude loss and take away the opportunity to flare the wing creating an uncontrolled landing situation.

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