February 03, Spanaway, Wash. / MA-5 Charger


At approximately 10:15 Pacific time, an experimental MA-5 Charger lost power during the initial climb from Shady Acres Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot said he completed his pre-takeoff run-up and then experienced problems with his intercom and VHF radio. While attempting to correct these problems, the aircrafts engine continued to run at idle for at least three or four minutes without application of carburetor heat. When he was finished working with the radio problems, the pilot pulled onto the runway and took off without applying carburetor heat to check for the presence of carburetor ice. After the aircraft reached a height of about 300 feet, the engine began to lose power. The pilot executed a forced landing to a nearby golf course and the gear collapsed.


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