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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157545
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FDCT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Flight Design CTSW
Registration: N424CT
MSN: 05-06-02
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Taos Regional Airport (KSKX), Taos, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Taos, NM (SKX)
Destination airport:Taos, NM (SKX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, while in the airport traffic pattern, the airplane encountered very light turbulence. During short final approach and when the airplane was about 80 ft above ground level, the airplane suddenly encountered extreme turbulence, which the pilot described as far more violent than he had ever experienced. The airplane dropped vertically about 10 ft, suddenly entered a nose-up attitude, rolled right, and then struck the ground in a mostly nose-down attitude.
Meteorological information indicated that, about the time of the accident, the atmosphere near the airport was unstable with variable light wind, warm dry air, and strong solar heating conditions, all of which are conducive to thermal activity and dust devil development. Further, several witnesses reported seeing dust devils and swirling wind in the area about the time of the accident. The pilotís report of extreme turbulence and his sudden loss of airplane control are consistent with the airplane's unexpected encounter with a dust devil.
Probable Cause: The airplane's unexpected encounter with a dust devil, which resulted in the loss of airplane control.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

11-Jul-2013 02:30 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 08:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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