Patey, the man behind the incredible turbine powered Wilga, didn't mince words when he described the accident that destroyed his beloved airplane. He talked about how he had several opportunities to choose another runway or abort the takeoff before it ended in disaster, but he made the decision to go on a runway with a strong, gusty crosswind. "I make no excuses," he said. "Pilot error, pilot error, pilot error. This is going to haunt me for a long time."