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Inexperienced Pilot’s Decision Leads to Aircraft Accident in Colorado

Low Experience and Adverse Winds Cause Zodiac Stall Crash In a recent aviation accident in La Veta, Colorado, the NTSB has determined that the pilot’s lack of experience and decision to fly in strong, gusting wind were the probable causes. The accident occurred on March 10, 2023, at 10:45 local time, involving a Zenith Zodiac 601XL aircraft, registered under N969WD. The pilot reported a complete loss of engine power shortly after takeoff at an altitude of 400 to 500 feet above ground level (agl). The aircraft then entered an aerodynamic stall, descended rapidly, and impacted the ground, coming to rest inverted. The pilot, who had just purchased the aircraft, had no prior flight time in this make and model.

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