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N3284A accident description

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Crash location 43.125000°N, 83.626111°W
Nearest city Genesee, MI
43.112526°N, 83.617733°W
1.0 miles away
Tail number N3284A
Accident date 12 Sep 2009
Aircraft type Alliant XLT-582
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that she departed runway 36 in the powered parachute and that the wind was from the east. After the aircraft lifted off, the pilot turned the aircraft into the wind. The pilot reported that the aircraft hit a wind gust and lost lift during the subsequent climbout. The powered parachute hit trees that lined the east side of the airport resulting in substantial damage. The pilot in the front seat received serious injuries, and the aft passenger was not injured.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot failed to maintain clearance from the trees during takeoff into gusting winds.

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