NTSB Identification: WPR14CA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 28, 2014 in Monterey, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/2014
Aircraft: EVEKTOR-AEROTECHNIK AS SPORTSTAR PLUS, registration: N923LA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 sport pilot landed the airplane and was taxiing to his hangar. He maneuvered the airplane to position it for a push back when he was confused by the engine controls and added power instead of reducing power. The airplane taxied off the movement area, down into a ditch colliding with terrain. The firewall and forward fuselage sustained substantial damage during the impact sequence. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The sport pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during taxi as a result of improperly manipulating the engine power.

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