Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2000 Issue

Sept. 30, Tucumcari, N.M. / Ercoupe 415-C

At 16:45 mountain time, an Ercoupe 415-C crashed immediately after takeoff from Tucumcari Municipal Airport. Both occupants, neither of who were certificated or student pilots, were killed. The flight was unauthorized by the airplane’s owner. The occupants were reportedly a father and son who had been hired to mow grass at the airport. An airport employee said the airplane reached about 150 feet agl, “wobbled” from side to side, and dove nose-first to the ground....

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