Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2002 Issue

Nov. 19, Patterson, La. / Grumman American AA-1B

At 17:30 central time, a Grumman American AA-1B lost power on initial climb from Williams Memorial Airport and crashed, killing the pilot. A witness said the airplane began a “shallow climb” after takeoff. When it was at about 90 to 100 feet agl, the engine lost power, regained partial power and then lost power again. The witness saw the airplane’s nose lower and the airplane made an “abrupt” steep right bank past 90 degrees and crashed....

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