NTSB Identification: ERA13LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 14, 2012 in Winter Haven, FL
Aircraft: AIRBORNE WINDSPORTS PTY LTD XT-912, registration: N811RW
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On October 14, 2012, about 1116 eastern standard time, an experimental Airborne Wind Sports XT-912, N811RW, was substantially damaged following a collision with the ground at Winter Haven’s Gilbert Airport (GIF), Winter Haven, Florida. The sport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Funwings Incorporated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to witnesses, they watched as the aircraft began its take off run down runway 5. The aircraft appeared to climb to an altitude of approximately 50-75 feet before the right wing banked at an estimated 80 degree downward angle. The nose of the aircraft pitched downward and the engine rpm increased as the aircraft continued to turn right. The witnesses lost sight of the aircraft and they heard it impact the ground. They called 911 and emergency services arrived to assist the victims.
According to preliminary information obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot was not in radio contact with air traffic control at the time of departure and no radio transmissions were recorded. The aircraft came to rest on its side, on the airport ramp adjacent a hangar. The aircraft was recovered for further examination.
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