According to the sport pilot, while turning from the left base to the final leg of the approach for Runway 2 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., with engine power reduced to “near” idle, a gust of wind came from the right and the Allegro 2000 lost altitude.
He attempted to recover the altitude loss by rolling the airplane to a wing level attitude and adding full power, however, the plane hit the top of a tree, then hit the ground in a nose-down attitude, resulting in two serious injuries.
A post-accident examination by an FAA inspector revealed that the wings, fuselage, and tail section were substantially damaged.
Around the time of the accident, the wind at the airport was from 20° at 12 knots with gusts to 19 knots.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during the landing approach in gusty wind conditions.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA165
This March 2014 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.