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N102GW accident description

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Crash location 44.541389°N, 95.075834°W
Nearest city Redwood Falls, MN
44.503570°N, 95.158609°W
4.8 miles away
Tail number N102GW
Accident date 03 May 2012
Aircraft type GALLOWAY/WARD RV-4
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane encountered a wind gust on takeoff, which lifted the right wing and caused the airplane to roll left. The airplane then lifted off the ground about 2-3 feet and the pilot tried to abort the takeoff. The airplane touched down on the left landing gear as it was drifting to the left, and the gear collapsed. Then, the right landing gear collapsed and the left wing struck a runway light as it exited the side of the runway. The pilot said the firewall, left wing spar, and an engine mount were damaged. The pilot reported there were no mechanical anomalies with the airframe or engine. He also stated that he should have been more aware of the possibility of sudden wind gusts and wind shear during takeoff.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during takeoff in gusty wind conditions.

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