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American Legend AL3, N156WB, registered to and operated by MHOC LLC: Accident occurred May 31, 2016 near Perdido Winds Airpark (AL08), Elberta, Baldwin County, Alabama

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

MHOC LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N156WB

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA199
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Elberta, AL
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL3, registration: N156WB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 May 31, 2016, about 1045 central daylight time, an American Legend Aircraft Company AL3, N156WB, collided with terrain following a total loss of engine power after takeoff from Perdido Winds Airpark (AL08), Elberta, Alabama. The sport pilot incurred minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The airplane was registered to and operated by MHOC LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot was a mechanic for the company that owned the light-sport airplane. He stated that the airplane was due for a condition inspection, and he wanted to "warm the airplane up" before starting the inspection. He arrived at 82J and fueled the airplane with 17 gallons of fuel, waited a period of time, and sampled fuel from the fuel tanks. He completed the preflight inspection and took off for AL08.

The pilot made one full stop landing at AL08, taxied back, and departed runway 35 for two touch-and-go landings. After an uneventful touch-and-go landing to runway 35, he made a teardrop turn and planned to land on runway 17. He again performed another uneventful touch and go landing, and while climbing out decided he would return for another full stop landing on runway 35. During his slight right climbing turn, the engine "just quit." The airplane was approximately 200 feet above the ground, and he attempted to continue the turn back to runway 35; however, the airplane subsequently impacted trees about 50 feet short of the runway. The pilot observed fuel "pouring out" and shut off the electrical system prior to exiting the airplane.

The engine was then sent to the manufacturer for a full power test-run. The engine was set on an engine run stand and a slave carburetor was installed, since the original carburetor was fractured during impact. The engine started immediately and was idled for several minutes to warm up before the high power runs. The engine was run at several different power settings, from idle to full power, and all parameters were within the manufacturer's specification limits. After approximately 30 minutes of run time, the engine was shut down and no anomalies were noted.

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA199
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Elberta, AL
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL3, registration: N156WB
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 May 31, 2016, about 1045 eastern daylight time, an American Legend Aircraft Company AL3, N156WB, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain, after it experienced a total loss engine power during the initial climb after takeoff from Perdido Winds Airpark (AL08), Elberta, Alabama. The sport pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated from Ferguson Airport (82J), Pensacola, Florida. The airplane was registered to and operated by MHOC LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot was a mechanic for the company that owned the light-sport airplane. The pilot/mechanic reported that the airplane was due for a condition inspection, and he wanted to "warm the airplane up" before starting the inspection. He arrived at 82J and fueled the airplane with 17 gallons of fuel around 1000. The airplane last flew on May 7, and he waited a period of time before sumping the fuel tanks. He completed the preflight inspection, sumped the fuel tanks, and took off for AL08.

The pilot made one full-stop landing at AL08, taxied back and departed runway 35 for two touch-and-go landings. After the last touch-and-go landing, he made a teardrop turn and planned to land on runway 17. During his slight right climbing turn, the engine "just quit." The airplane was approximately 200 feet above the ground, and he attempted to turn back to the airport; however, the airplane subsequently impacted trees about 50 feet short of the runway. The pilot observed fuel "pouring out" and shut off the electrical system prior to exiting the airplane.

The airplane, which was equipped with a Continental Motors Inc., O-200-D series, 100-horspower engine, was retained for further examination.

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