Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Erco 415-C Ercoupe, N99307: Accident occurred July 16, 2016 at Ogle County Airport (C55), Mount Morris Township, Illinois


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Mt Morris, IL
Aircraft: ENGINEERING & RESEARCH 415 C, registration: N99307
Injuries: 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 July 16, 2016, about 1545 central daylight time, an Engineering & Research 415 C airplane, N99307, impacted terrain during a forced landing on runway 9 at the Ogle County Airport (C55), near Mount Morris, Illinois, following an inflight loss of engine power. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage, firewall, and engine mount damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from C55 at time unknown.

According to preliminary information given to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot stated that this was the first flight following the airplane's annual inspection. The airplane departed from runway 27. On downwind the pilot reduced power for landing and the engine lost power. The pilot stated that he turned to land on runway 9. During the forced landing, the aircraft caught a wind gust and it sustained the substantial damage when it porpoised twice.

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