Sunday, September 21, 2014

Grumman AA-5A Cheetah, N26676: Accident occurred September 21, 2014 in Homosassa, Florida

NTSB Identification: ERA14LA451
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 21, 2014 in Homosassa, FL
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA-5A, registration: N26676
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 21, 2014, about 1205 eastern daylight time, a Grumman American AA-5A, N26676, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a partial loss of engine power during cruise flight near Homosassa, Florida. The private pilot was not injured and a pilot-rated-passenger incurred minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed South Lakeland Airport (X49), Lakeland, Florida, about 1130. No flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Harris County Airport (PIM), Pine Mountain, Georgia.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, about 1,500 feet mean sea level, the engine began to intermittently run rough. The engine power loss became more consistent and the pilot was unable to maintain altitude. He attempted to divert to a nearby airport while the pilot-rated-passenger tried to restore engine power; however, the airport was 5 miles away and the airplane would not glide that far at its altitude. The pilot then attempted to perform a forced landing into a field. During the approach, the pilot-rated-passenger took control of the airplane. The airplane collided with powerlines and impacted the field, before coming to rest upright.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the wing spars. Th
e inspector planned to further examine the engine following its recovery from the field.


Citrus County, Florida -- A small plane heading to Indiana from Lakeland crashed in Citrus County on September 21.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office posed pictures of a plane crash on their Facebook page on Sunday afternoon to report the crash.

The plane crashed just after noon in a field off Country Club Drive in Homosassa.

No injuries reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.



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