Aircraft: Remos G-3/600. Injuries: None. Location: Apoka, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot did several takeoffs and landings with his instructor prior to being signed off for solo flight. His solo takeoff and pattern were normal, but as the airplane approached the runway for the flare, it encountered a wind gust that pushed it to the left.
The student pilot’s attempts to correct the drift were unsuccessful. The airplane touched down left of the runway and then became airborne again. He attempted to land on an adjacent taxiway. The airplane came to a stop after the propeller struck a taxiway sign and the left wing hit a hangar.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a hangar.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA329
This June 2011 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.