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N600US accident description

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Crash location 38.918334°N, 97.010000°W
Nearest city Chapman, KS
38.972221°N, 97.022514°W
3.8 miles away
Tail number N600US
Accident date 02 Jun 2017
Aircraft type Magnaghi Aeronautica Spa Sky Arrow Lsa
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that, during takeoff from a private turf airstrip, about 50 ft. above ground, the airplane encountered a gust of wind that "quickly" lifted the left wing and pushed the airplane to the right. He added that he attempted to level the wings, but he "did not have enough aileron." Subsequently, the airplane impacted terrain in a nose low, right wing down attitude.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that the temperature was 85?, the sky was clear, and the wind was from 200° at 5 knots, and not gusting. He took off on runway 23.

An automated weather observation station, about 14 nautical miles from the accident airport, recorded wind from 170° at 9 knots, gusting to 20 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain lateral/bank control during the takeoff climb in gusting crosswind conditions.

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