Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary CEN21LA322

Edcouch, TX, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot stated that shortly after liftoff a wind gust decreased the airplane’s climb performance, which resulted in the main landing gear contacting a 10 ft tall sugarcane crop off the end of the runway. The airplane continued to descend into the field where it landed hard on the right main landing gear and came to rest in a nose down attitude. The right wing sustained substantial damage during the accident. The pilot did not report any mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation during the flight.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s inadequate compensation for a gusting wind during takeoff.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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