NTSB Identification: ANC16LA047
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in McCarthy, AK
Aircraft: AEROPRO CZ A220, registration: N151J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On July 19, 2016, about 1000 Alaska daylight time, a tailwheel-equipped, light sport, experimental, Aeropro CZ A220 airplane, N151J, sustained substantial damage following a loss of directional control after a partial loss of engine power during takeoff from an unimproved airstrip about 5 miles south of McCarthy, Alaska. The certificated private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight was planned from the airstrip to the Wasilla Airport (IYS), Wasilla, Alaska.
During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on July 20, 2016, the pilot stated that while attempting to takeoff, shortly after raising the tail of the airplane, a partial power loss occurred. While attempting to maintain directional control, full engine power abruptly returned. The pilot was unable to input the correct amount of rudder pressure quickly enough to compensate for the increase in left turning tendencies, resulting in the airplane impacting surrounding terrain and sustaining substantial damage to the wings, empennage and fuselage.
The closest weather reporting facility is the Valdez Airport, Valdez, Alaska, about 98 miles southwest of the accident site. At 0956, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) was reporting, in part: wind from 080 degrees at 16 knots, gusting to 21 knots; sky condition, clear; visibility, 10 statute miles; temperature 77 degrees F; dew point 48 degrees F; altimeter, 29.88 inHG.
The airplane was equipped with a Rotax 912ULS engine. A detailed wreckage examination is pending recovery of the airplane.
AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND CRASHED. AEROPRO CZ A220. MCCARTHY, ALASKA.