LAX07CA259
LAX07CA259

On August 5, 2007, about 1134 Pacific daylight time, an unregistered powered parachute made a hard landing at the Ed Carlson Memorial Field - South Lewis County Airport, Toledo, Washington. The unregistered aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot did not hold any Federal Aviation Administration certificates, and he was seriously injured during the personal flight. The passenger was also seriously injured. The accident occurred following takeoff from the Ed Carlson Memorial Field - South Lewis County Airport, Toledo. The pilot had taken off from runway 05 minutes before he lost control of his aircraft. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The powered parachute bore the following identification tag on its tubular structure: "Six Chutter 2000," and "Mfg by Six Chutter, Inc." Also, it bore the date of manufacture as August 5, 1999. The aircraft was equipped with two seats, a 10-gallon fuel tank, and it had an estimated weight of 600 pounds.

An officer from the Lewis County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident site and spoke with the pilot. According to the sheriff, the pilot stated that after taking off the parachute became tangled up. The aircraft veered toward a tree, and the pilot was not successful at redirecting his course of flight. The pilot cut engine power to avoid the tree, and the aircraft landed hard near the runway.

As of September 5, 2007, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator has not received the "Aircraft Accident Report" form from the pilot.

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