NTSB Identification: CHI06CA199.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 23, 2006 in Ainsworth, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2006
Aircraft: Porter Mustang II, registration: N96AP
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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.

The airplane contacted the terrain during an aborted landing. The pilot reported there was an 11 knot crosswind with gusts to 15 knots while he was landing on runway 17. He reported he used one notch of flaps and was lined with the runway on final approach. The pilot reported the airplane was a little fast and he let it float until it touched down for a smooth landing. He reported that a second later the right wing lifted and the airplane turned to the left. The wing came back down and he attempted to straighten out the heading, but was unable to so he decided to add power to go around. The pilot reported the landing gear contacted two to three foot tall weeds off the end of the runway which resulted in landing gear damage with the right landing gear being pushed up through the top of the right wing. Winds reported at the accident airport about 40 minutes prior to the accident were from 210 degrees at 7 knots, gusting to 16 knots.

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

The delay in initiating the aborted landing which resulted in inadequate altitude to clear high vegetation off the end of the runway. Factors associated with the accident were the gusty crosswind, inadequate compensation for the wind conditions, and the high vegetation.

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