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N868S accident description

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Crash location 36.685000°N, 93.302778°W
Nearest city Branson, MO
36.653951°N, 93.250182°W
3.6 miles away
Tail number N868S
Accident date 06 Oct 2008
Aircraft type Holmes William E Predator
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot was taking off from a grass field in a powered parachute when all cells of the wing did not fully open, causing the aircraft to veer right. All cells of the wing then inflated and the aircraft became airborne. Shortly after takeoff the pilot hit a tree and impacted the ground. The cart frame was bent and the pilot sustained serious injuries.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control. Contributing to the accident was the wing's failure to open all cells for undetermined reasons and the trees near the runway.

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