NTSB Identification: ERA13CA009
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 04, 2012 in Cumming, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2013
Aircraft: POWRACHUTE PEGASUS, registration: N580PG
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 non-certificated pilot of the powered parachute reported that he aborted his first takeoff because the riser lines to the canopy became entangled. During the subsequent takeoff, the powered parachute encountered a "gust of wind" from the left, and the craft was pushed into trees on the right of the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the airframe and canopy. After the accident, the pilot reported that there were no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation of the powered parachute.

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

The operation of the powered parachute by a non-certificated pilot, and his failure to maintain directional control during the initial climb, which resulted in a collision with trees.

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