The Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
East Penn Flying Club: http://registry.faa.gov/N5094X
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA166
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Tannersville, PA
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N5094X
Injuries: 2 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 April 19, 2016, at 1430 eastern daylight time, a 7ECA Citabria, N5094X, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing at Birchwood Pocono Airpark (abandoned), Tannersville, Pennsylvania. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by East Penn Flying Club, in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (XLL), Allentown, Pennsylvania, at 1230.
According to the pilot, during his return to his home base after a local flight, the engine began to "sputter and lost power." He set the mixture to the full rich position and applied the carburetor heat in an attempt to restore power, but both efforts had no effect. The airplane continued to lose altitude and the pilot made an emergency landing at an abandoned airfield. During the landing roll the pilot lost control of the airplane and "ground looped."
Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left landing gear separated from the fuselage and the left wing was buckled. The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.