Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Six Chuter Legend XL, N149SC: Accident occurred September 24, 2016 near Arcadia Municipal Airport (X06), DeSoto County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA526
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 24, 2016 in ARCADIA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: SIX CHUTER INC LEGEND XL, registration: N149SC
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 of the powered parachute reported that the flight got started later in the day than he had planned and that the temperature and relative humidity had risen. He further reported that during the initial climb the powered parachute was unable to gain sufficient lift to maintain a climb rate required to clear nearby power lines. Subsequently, the powered parachute struck the power lines.

The powered parachute sustained substantial damage to its tubular frame.

The pilot reported that the air temperature at the time of the accident was 94 degrees Fahrenheit, with a density altitude of 1,800 feet.

The pilot reported that there were no pre impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s decision to take off in high-density altitude conditions, which resulted in the powered parachute being unable to maintain a sufficient climb rate and its subsequent impact with power lines.

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