NTSB Identification: DEN01LA091.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 26, 2001 in Columbus, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Bellanca BL17-30, registration: N6671V
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was preparing to land westbound on a road when a "dust devil" struck the airplane. As he applied full power to abort his landing, a gust of wind struck the airplane causing it to drift to the south of the road towards a set of power lines. He "pulled up" and tried to maneuver the airplane over the power lines,however, the airplane stalled and impacted the ditch on the north side of the road. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, right wing tip, nose landing gear, both left and right main landing gear and propeller.

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

The impact with terrain following an inadvertent stall/mush by the pilot during a go-around. A contributing factor was a dust devil.

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