March 4, 2011, Myrtle Creek, Ore., Kitfox Classic IV


The airplane sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain at about 1317 Pacific time. The solo private pilot was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

The pilot later reported delaying his takeoff until the windsock indicated favorable winds. The pilot stated the initial climb appeared to be normal until about 200 to 300 feet agl when the airplane suddenly began to lose altitude. By the time the airplane descended to 30 to 40 feet agl, he saw a red light illuminate on his engine instrumentation system before the airplane stalled. Subsequently, the airplane descended in a nose-low attitude between two tree lines and impacted the ground adjacent to a river about one mile north of the departure airport.


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