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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195361
Last updated: 22 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PIVI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pipistrel Virus SW
Registration: N616NG
C/n / msn: 742SWN100
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Driftwood Ranch Airport (XA86), Weatherford, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Weatherford, TX (XA86)
Destination airport:Weatherford, TX (XA86)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot reported that, during departure for the planned local flight in a motorized glider, just as the nosewheel lifted off, a wind gust from the left pushed the motorized glider to the right. The pilot pulled back on the control stick to climb and simultaneously applied left rudder and aileron. The pilot added that the motorized glider became airborne, but the airspeed was insufficient, and it then entered a "stalled left spin."
An automated weather reporting facility located 7 nautical miles south of the accident site recorded that the wind was from 160°at 4 knots. The accident is consistent with the pilot failing to obtain adequate airspeed at takeoff, which resulted in the motorized glider entering an aerodynamic stall/spin immediately after takeoff.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to obtain adequate airspeed during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

14-May-2017 02:18 Geno Added
15-May-2017 21:07 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-May-2017 15:16 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Source]
08-Jun-2018 12:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
26-May-2019 14:44 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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