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N3902V accident description

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Crash location 45.443889°N, 84.786666°W
Nearest city Alanson, MI
45.444178°N, 84.786711°W
0.0 miles away
Tail number N3902V
Accident date 11 Jan 2012
Aircraft type Infinity Power Parachutes Llc Classic 2002
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot and passenger departed from a hayfield in the powered-parachute. The pilot reported that just after takeoff, when the powered parachute was 20 to 25 feet in the air, the powered-parachute lost lift and descended. The pilot added that he was unable to climb or turn the powered-parachute. A witness reported that when the powered-parachute was about the same height as the trees, it looked like the powered-parachute got caught in a downdraft and the canopy partly collapsed. The witness added the canopy re-inflated just before the powered-parachute impacted trees. During the forced landing and collision with trees, the powered-parachute received substantial damage to its airframe. The pilot added that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operations.

NTSB Probable Cause

The powered parachute’s encounter with a downdraft/windshear during takeoff, which resulted in a loss of lift.

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