Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2009 Issue

November 2, 2008, Chadron, Neb., Aeronca 7CCM

The non-certificated pilot was interested in purchasing the airplane and took it for a spin. During the takeoff, and approximately 40-50 feet into the air, the engine lost power. The pilot tried to turn back to the runway, but was unable. The airplane’s tail hit the ground first followed by the main wheels. A check of the runway and accident site, revealed skid marks on the runway pointing to the crash site corresponding to the airplane’s landing gear. Foot-deep ground scars were consistent with a rotating propeller. A review of the pilot’s certificate revealed that he was issued a student pilot certificate in April 1990, and did not have any flight instructor endorsements.

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