LSA Crashes Near Kitty Hawk Memorial

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Witnesses told the Outer Banks News that the Allegro 2000 light sport aircraft (LSA) appeared to be on approach to land at First Flight Airport at the Wright Brothers National Memorial when it crashed into trees. The pilot and passenger were able to walk away, though the pilot suffered a head injury and was airlifted to a hospital.

Winds were reported as 15 mph gusting to 24 mph at the time of the accident on Sunday morning. The composite Allegro 2000 is built in North Carolina, and is powered by an 80-hp Rotax 912 engine. It's a high-wing, T-tail airplane with two seats. According to the newspaper, the accident airplane is registered to Allegro president Douglas Hempstead. It was heavily damaged after hitting several pine trees on National Park Service property.

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Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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