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NTSB Identification: CEN16LA300
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 02, 2016 in Bluffton, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2017
Aircraft: WINGS AN THINGS INC AVID FLYER, registration: N430WT
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was operating a personal, local flight in the nonregistered, experimental amateur-built airplane with one passenger onboard. The student stated that, while the airplane was climbing through 500 ft above ground level after takeoff, there was an uncommanded left roll. He reported that the airspeed was 60 knots (which is above the stall speed of 40 mph listed in the airplane’s specifications). He applied right control input to the control stick, which did not counter the left roll. The airplane entered a left spiral descent, and the pilot pulled back on the control stick and applied right rudder until the airplane impacted terrain. He reported that the airplane’s engine was at full throttle during the flight and that it did not experience a loss of engine power.
A postaccident examination of the airframe, including the flight controls, revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The investigation could not determine the reason for the loss of roll control.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The loss of roll control during climb for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the airframe revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.