NTSB Identification: FTW02CA206.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 13, 2002 in El Paso, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/04/2002
Aircraft: Aero Commander Callair A-9B, registration: N7791V
Injuries: 1 Serious.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
While attempting to land, the pilot saw a dust devil approximately 50 to 100 feet directly in front of him over the runway. Being too low to turn, he applied full power and attempted to fly through the dust devil. When the airplane pitched up and went into a left climbing turn, he applied full right aileron and rudder in an attempt to control the airplane. Witnesses observed the airplane pitch up and make a 270 degree left turn. The airplane became inverted and impacted the ground on its nose, bounced, and came to rest on its main landing gear.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the loss of control due to the encounter with the dust devil. Full narrative available
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