Thursday, August 18, 2016

Arion Lightning, N270J: Accident occurred August 04, 2016 near New Garden Airport (N57), Toughkenamon, Chester County, Pennsylvania

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA285
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 2016 in TOUGHKENAMON, PA
Aircraft: SHAFFER DONALD ARION LIGHTNING, registration: N270J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 August 4, 2016, about 1900 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Arion Lightning, N270J, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a field near the New Garden Airport (N57), Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania. The sport pilot/builder/owner sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. No flight plan was filed for the local flight that depart N57 about 1800.

The pilot stated that he had flown for about an hour before he returned to the airport. When turning onto the base leg, he reduced engine RPM and the engine lost all power. The pilot realized he was not going to make the runway and attempted to land in a field. The airplane struck a power line and landed hard resulting in substantial damage to the wings, firewall, and fuselage.

The avionic components containing non-volatile memory were retained for further examination.

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