Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2009 Issue

August 3, 2009, Whitney, Texas, Grumman American AA-1B

The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing at about 1000 Central time, following a loss of engine power after takeoff. The solo airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. Shortly after takeoff, the engine began to "run rough, as if it had a fouled plug." While turning to downwind the engine began to "shake violently," and RPM and altitude were decreasing. The pilot selected a field and performed a soft-field landing, during which the airplane nosed over and came to rest in an inverted position.

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