It was a bumpy early morningTuesday for the pilot of a light sport airplane that landed so hard the aircraft had to be removed from the taxiway with the aid of a forklift.
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While the aircraft appears to have suffered little damage, it was unable to move whether a result of its fixed landing gear being damaged or whether there was a prop strike damaging the propeller. There is no information on if the pilot experienced any difficulties prior to landing, although an unnamed source said the pilot suffered no injuries. It was reported that the accident occurred at about 7:15 a.m.
The aircraft, built by Czech Sport Aircraft, is called a Sportcruiser and is powered by a 100 hp Rotax four-cylinder engine. It was manufactured in 2011. With a gross weight of 1,320 pounds and a cruise speed of about 120 mph, it is classified under a new category of aircraft called light sport aircraft. The slick-looking, all-aluminum plane has a wing span of 28 feet and a length of 22 feet. It achieves about 22-24 mpg.
FAA records show that the registration for the aircraft is still pending as to the owner name although an address is listed in Shingle Springs.