FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Grand Rapids FSDO-09
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA305
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 2016 in Sparta, MI
Aircraft: GILCHRIST PA14EXP, registration: N18PG
Injuries: 2 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 1720 eastern daylight time, an amateur-built PA14EXP airplane, N18PG, sustained substantial damage when it struck a fence and nosed over during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during initial climb after takeoff. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident for an unconfirmed destination.