Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wag Aero, N8109E: Accident occurred March 16, 2016 in Erwin, Harnett County, North Carolina 
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Greensboro FSDO-39

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA134
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Erwin, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: EICHHORN GARY L SKYRAIDER I, registration: N8109E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot/owner reported that he was departing on his first flight in the experimental airplane he had just purchased. He began the takeoff roll to the west and the wind pushed the airplane towards the right side of the runway. He attempted to correct with left rudder, but the airplane continued to the right. He then added left aileron, but the airplane continued right and the right wing struck a tree limb. According to the pilot, "The next thing I knew I was on the ground."

The pilot reported he had 200 total hours of flight experience, and that his experience was divided between both certified and experimental airplanes. He stated that his airplane had no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind which resulted in a loss of directional control.

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