NTSB Identification: FTW00LA129.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 20, 2000 in LINDSAY, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/08/2001
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-D, registration: N99470
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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During an approach to the runway, the student pilot allowed the airplane to descend and impact the top of an embankment and a fence located prior to the runway. According to the pilot, the airplane had encountered a downdraft. At 1053, the reported wind at the nearest reporting point, located 24 nautical miles south of the accident site, was from 310 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 19 knots. According to an FAA inspector, the student pilot 'was not and had never been endorsed by an authorized flight instructor for solo flight.' Prior to the accident, the student pilot had accumulated 14 total flight hours, of which 11 hours were in the accident airplane.

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

The student pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. A factor was the downdraft wind condition.

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