Accident Infinity Powered Parachutes Classic 2002 N3902V, Wednesday 11 January 2012
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Date:Wednesday 11 January 2012
Type:Infinity Powered Parachutes Classic 2002
Registration: N3902V
MSN: IPP2-137
Total airframe hrs:100 hours
Engine model:Rotax 582
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Alanson, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Alanson, MI
Destination airport:Alanson, MI
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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. During the forced landing and collision with trees, the powered parachute received substantial damage to its airframe. 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 was caught in a downdraft and the canopy partially collapsed. The witness said that the canopy re-inflated just before the powered parachute impacted trees. The pilot said that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The powered parachute’s encounter with a downdraft/windshear during takeoff, which resulted in a loss of lift.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN12CA131
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register:,0,775319.story


Revision history:

12-Jan-2012 12:18 gerard57 Added
12-Jan-2012 12:39 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2012 16:30 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:52 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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