Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2009 Issue

December 5, 2008, Punta Gorda, Fla., Flight Design CTSW

At about 1635 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a series of touch-and-go landings. The sport pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot later stated a "gust of wind" made the airplane feel as though it was "on marbles." The pilot attempted to control the airplane and maintain runway alignment by utilizing aileron and rudder inputs, but when the "gust of wind" subsided, the airplane immediately went towards the edge of the runway.

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