Aircraft: Quicksilver MX Sprint II Injuries: None. Location: Willits, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: It was the student pilot’s first solo flight in the airplane.
He was attempting to land on a private dirt strip when the airplane encountered a tailwind, which caused the airplane to lose altitude and crash into trees some 20 feet short of the dirt strip.
Probable cause: The student pilot did not maintain an adequate approach/glide path and altitude, which resulted in a runway undershoot and subsequent collision with trees. Contributing to the accident was the student pilot’s lack of flight experience.
NTSB Identification: WPR12LA126