NTSB Identification: LAX96LA240.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 21, 1996 in PAGE, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Experimental MINI MUSTANG, registration: N61D
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was on a personal cross-country flight and stopped en route at Page, Arizona, during high crosswind conditions. After a brief stop, he departed. Once airborne, he asked the unicom operator about the distance to Flagstaff. He proceeded to circle the general area for several minutes, then asked for landing information. After several approaches to the main runway and to a dirt crosswind runway, he landed on the main runway. He added 15 gallons of fuel and again departed on the main runway. After liftoff, the right wing lifted twice (banking the airplane to the left). During the second bank, the airplane rolled to a nearly 'perpendicular' attitude, and the left wing tip contacted the surface, cartwheeling the airplane. A 30-degree right crosswind was reported at 25 gusting to 30 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's inadequate compensation for crosswind conditions, and his failure to maintain control of the aircraft. A factor relating to the accident was: the gusty/crosswind condition.

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