According to the pilot, he was flying the Just Aircraft Highlander about 500 feet above the ground, dropping candy to children as part of a church outing near Roxbury, Pa.
He encountered a “rotor” wind off the nearby mountain and when he initiated a turn, the wing stalled. He lost control of the plane and crashed near a church camp. The airplane came to rest, inverted.
An FAA inspector examined the airplane and confirmed substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and empennage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as yhe pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed during low altitude maneuvering.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA234
This May 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.