NTSB Identification: WPR12LA152
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 03, 2012 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/12/2013
Aircraft: NELSON RANS S-12, registration: N586BN
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Witnesses reported that shortly after takeoff, the airplane was about 200 to 300 feet above the ground when it made a sudden right turn and banked about 90 degrees. Some witnesses reported that they heard a reduction in engine power just before the right turn followed by an increase in engine power. During the turn, the airplane appeared to stall and enter a spin. The airplane impacted terrain and a fire ensued. Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control while maneuvering at low altitude shortly after takeoff.

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