NTSB Identification: CHI08CA059.
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Accident occurred Monday, December 24, 2007 in Hot Springs Vlg, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2008
Aircraft: Infinity Commander, registration: N719AR
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot reported that during a local personal flight he was climbing after a touch and go. He stated that he "started feeling the [powered parachute] start rocking and rolling. ... We were climbing well enough to clear any trees. As we approached the north end of the pasture I lost altitude and began to swing, as if there were turbulence in that area of the pasture. I realized that I may not clear the trees so I began to cut a sharp right turn to avoid the trees and the propeller caught a branch and shattered and we went down next to a creek bed." The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the powered parachute reference the accident flight.

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

The pilot not maintaining clearance/altitude from the trees during takeoff initial climb. Factors were the trees and reported turbulent winds.

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