FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Minneapolis FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 05, 2016 in Rush City, MN
Aircraft: AIRBORNE WINDSPORTS PTY LTD EDGE X CLASSIC, registration: N701FP
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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On May 8, 2016, about 1025 central daylight time, an Airborne Windsport Edge X Classic, N701FP, a weight-shift control aircraft, impacted terrain at Rush City Airport (ROS), Rush City, Minnesota. The student pilot, the sole occupant on board, was fatally injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot of Pine City, Minnesota, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to witnesses, the aircraft took off and climbed to an estimated altitude of 300 to 400 feet, then it banked sharply to the left, descended, and impacted terrain in a steep nose-down attitude.
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Authorities were on the scene of a fatal ultralight plane crash in Rush City, Minnesota.
FAA officials say the crash was reported at 10:28 a.m. Sunday at the Rush City Regional Airport. The crash happened during takeoff, and the 58-year-old pilot was the only one on board at the time, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office says.
Sheriff's officials say the pilot was found dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.
The crash is still under investigation.
Rush City is in Chisago County and is about 60 miles from Minneapolis.
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