NTSB Identification: WPR16LA080
14 CFR Part 103: Ultralight
Accident occurred Saturday, March 05, 2016 in Queen Creek, AZ
Aircraft: NORTH WING APACHE, registration: N242WT
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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On March 5, 2016, about 1346 mountain standard time, an experimental, North Wing Apache, N242WT, weight-shift-control (WSC) trike, collided with terrain following takeoff from a field, southeast of Queen Creek, Arizona. The trike was previously registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 103. The pilot sustained serious injuries and was the sole person on board. During the accident sequence, the trike sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The local personal flight departed at an undetermined time.
According to local law enforcement officials, the pilot reported hearing a "snapping" sound about 200 feet, above ground level, and performed an emergency landing in a field. Subsequently, the trike sustained substantial damage to the wings during the landing.
The trike was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07
Just after 2 p.m. on March 5th, an experimental North Wing Apache crashed in the desert south and west of Ironwood and Germann roads. The 45-year-old male pilot sustained leg injuries and is expected to survive the crash.