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NTSB Identification: ERA14CA165
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Kill Devil Hills, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2014
Aircraft: FANTASY AIR SRO ALLEGRO 2000, registration: N90650
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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.

According to the sport pilot, while turning from the left base to the final leg of the approach for runway 2, with engine power reduced to "near" idle, a gust of wind came from the right and the airplane lost altitude. He attempted to recover the altitude loss by rolling the airplane to a wing level attitude and adding full power; however, the airplane impacted the top of a tree. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground in a nose-down attitude. A postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the wings, fuselage, and tail section were substantially damaged. The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or abnormalities that would have precluded normal operation. Around the time of the accident, the wind at the airport was from 020 degrees at 12 knots with gust to 19 knots.

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

  • The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during the landing approach in gusty wind conditions.