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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA428
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 12, 2016 in Reno, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2016
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA 5A, registration: N26104
Injuries: 1 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 pilot reported that while flying over a lake he developed a severe headache and decided to land on a remote dirt area on the northwest side of the lake to rest. He overflew his intended landing site and did not see any obstructions to landing. However, he further reported that close to touch down he noticed fence posts perpendicular to his landing path and applied full power to climb over them, but was unsuccessful. The airplane impacted the posts, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's failure to see and avoid fence posts during landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings.