Kitfox pilot encounters winds

This April 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Kitfox IV. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Baraboo, Wis. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was diverting from the planned destination due to inclement weather along his route of flight.

During the approach to land at the diversion airport, the airplane encountered wind gusts that resulted in the airplane stalling. The reported wind at the airport around the time of the accident indicated wind gusts from 13 to 23 knots.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to compensate for wind gusts and maintain sufficient airspeed, which resulted in a stall.

For more information: NTSB Identification: CEN10LA208



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