NTSB Identification: DFW08CA203.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 04, 2008 in Big Sping, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/2008
Aircraft: Collard Dragonfly, registration: N793TW
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.

The private pilot reported departing the airport in "challenging wind and [thermal] conditions." An automated weather reporting facility on the airport reported winds 50 degrees from runway heading at 11 knots gusting to 19 knots. After six successful touch-and-gos, the pilot entered the traffic pattern for a seventh approach. While turning base to final the pilot experienced a loss of aircraft control and impacted terrain. The pilot reported that dust devils were "prevalent in the area at that time."

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

Loss of aircraft control due to inadvertent penetration of a dust devil.

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