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N41475 accident description

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Crash location 34.978056°N, 106.000000°W
Nearest city Moriarty, NM
34.990050°N, 106.049189°W
2.9 miles away
Tail number N41475
Accident date 19 Jul 2014
Aircraft type Black Christopher Sparrow Sport Spec
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

Following an intermediate fuel stop, the pilot reported that the engine began to overheat during the takeoff climb. The pilot entered a left pattern to land back at the airport. During the landing, the wind was from 60 degree right of the runway heading at 18 knots gusting to 23 knots. When the airplane landed on the runway, the pilot could not compensate for the crosswind and the right wing lifted up and the airplane began to roll left. While slowing during the landing roll, the left main landing gear broke and the left wingtip contacted the runway. The airplane then nosed over and came to rest. Substantial damage was sustained to the wings and vertical stabilizer. The pilot reported that the number two cylinder overheated due to its operation at a high temperature of 91 degrees Fahrenheit and density altitude of over 9,400 feet. No other anomalies were detected with the airframe and engine. Another runway was available at the airport which would place the wind 40 degrees left of runway heading that would have reduced the crosswind component.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's loss of directional control while landing in gusty crosswind conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's operation of the engine above its normal temperature limit on takeoff.

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