Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ercoupe 415-D, N2377H: Accident occurred July 23, 2016 in Collinsville, Oklahoma


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oklahoma City FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA395
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Collinsville, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: ENGINEERING & RESEARCH 415, registration: N2377H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the takeoff rotation, the nose came up and the left wing rose, but as he looked to the right wing it appeared low and "the next thing he knew" the airplane was going about 45 degrees across the runway to the right, headed for a tree. The pilot further reported that he reduced throttle and applied the brakes while turning left to no avail. The airplane subsequently impacted a tree and spun clockwise about 90 degrees sustaining substantial damage to the right wing and aft fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no pre impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot recommended that due to the density altitude and low powered airplane it may not have been a good condition for departure.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in a high density altitude condition, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a tree.

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