NTSB Identification: NYC08CA300
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 30, 2008 in Barceloneta, PR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: Quicksilver MXL II, registration: N594TC
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 landing on an unapproved grass strip, the student pilot of the amateur-built experimental light sport aircraft "bounced" and decided to abort the landing. As he applied power to the engine, the airplane encountered a wind gust, banked sharply right, and lost altitude. During the aborted landing, the airplane continued to turn to the right in a steep bank. After completing a full 180-degree turn, the airplane descended and impacted a fence pole, substantially damaging the right wing. The reported wind, at an airport located approximately 28 miles southwest of the accident site, about the time of the accident was from 250 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 19 knots.

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

The student pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during an aborted landing. Contributing to the accident were the high winds.

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