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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174993
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:31-MAR-2015
Time:14:35
Type:Just Highlander
Owner/operator:G-DAWG LLC
Registration: N376CG
C/n / msn: JAESC0141
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Just Aircraft airstrip, Walhalla, Oconee County, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Walhalla, SC (PVT)
Destination airport:Walhalla, SC (PVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot was demonstrating the experimental, light sport airplane to a potential buyer. The wind was calm when they departed, but gusty when they returned about 30 minutes later. Due to the runways sloping terrain, all takeoffs were performed in one direction and all landings in the opposite direction. The pilot estimated that a 20-mph tailwind prevailed during final approach, gusting to between 25 and 30 mph. The airplane approached the runway too fast, and the pilot conducted a go-around. He increased the engine power to full, and the airplane began to climb, but as it approached trees at the end of the runway, it encountered a wind gust and stopped climbing. The airplane then impacted a treetop, descended, and impacted the ground.
Examination of the wreckage did not reveal evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation nor did the pilot report any anomalies. The recorded wind about the time of the accident at an airport located 10 miles east of the accident site indicated that a 12-knot tailwind, gusting to 21 knots, existed.


Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control during a go-around in gusting tailwind conditions, which resulted in a collision with trees.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150331X62747&key=1

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report


Images:


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-Mar-2015 19:49 gerard57 Added
31-Mar-2015 20:02 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
31-Mar-2015 20:04 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
31-Mar-2015 22:17 Geno Updated [Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source]
01-Apr-2015 16:25 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage]
16-Apr-2015 22:12 Geno Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Mar-2018 11:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2018 11:32 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative, Photo, ]

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