Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gage Midget Mustang MM-1, N41831: Accident occurred August 11, 2012 in Erie, Colorado

NTSB Identification: CEN12CA537
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Erie, CO
Aircraft: GAGE MIDGET MUSTANG MM-1, registration: N41831
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The pilot reported that he had just purchased the single-seat airplane and that he had discussed the operation of the airplane with the previous owner. The pilot stated that this was the first flight in the airplane for him; the wind was calm when he lined up for takeoff and as he started the takeoff roll, a left quartering wind blew the airplane off the runway. The pilot further stated that once the airplane’s wheel got onto the grass he was unable to correct the turn. The airplane continued off the runway, impacted a ditch, and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. The airplane received substantial damage to its vertical stabilizer and fuselage during the accident.

  Regis#: 41831        Make/Model: EXP       Description: MIDGET MUSTANG MM-1
  Date: 08/11/2012     Time: 2000

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: ERIE   State: CO   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Take-off      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: DENVER, CO  (NM03)                    Entry date: 08/13/2012

ERIE — A pilot escaped serious injury when a wind gust caused loss of control of a plane preparing for takeoff from Erie’s municipal airport on Saturday afternoon, according to Erie Police Cpl. Robert Vesco. 

Vesco said the plane rolled into a ditch separating two taxiways and was flipped upside down. He said the pilot — whose name Vesco said he couldn’t release — refused medical attention.