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HPL-1 High Wing-Para, N9095U: Accident occurred August 04, 2016 in Mount Orab, Brown County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

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Location: Mt. Orab, OH

Accident Number: CEN16LA313
Date & Time: 08/04/2016, 0745 EDT
Registration: N9095U
Aircraft: LIMING LOUIS L HPL 1 HIGH WING PARA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 5, 2016, about 0745 eastern daylight time, an Liming Louis L HPL-1 experimental airplane, N9095U, registered to the pilot/owner, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Mt. Orab, Ohio. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. The personal local flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at 0730 from the Brown County Airport (GEO), Georgetown, Ohio.

After takeoff from GEO, the pilot flew to the north for about 9 miles and began circling a private residence at 1,500 feet AGL. Suddenly, the engine power went to idle. The pilot checked to make sure that he had not bumped the idle control with his left knee and attempted to increase the engine RPM. The engine RPM did not increase and the pilot chose a grassy field to land, while the engine remained at idle. Upon initial touchdown in the rough vegetated field, the airplane's speed was relatively high. The airplane became airborne and the left wing struck a small stand of trees. The airplane then spun around about 360 degrees and struck the ground before coming to a stop. Substantial damage was incurred to the left wing and right wing strut. The pilot exited without injury.

Inspection of the airplane revealed that the engine throttle cable had become disconnected from the carburetor during the flight, which is consistent with the pilot report of the engine going to idle power. There was no impact damage found in the area near the disconnected throttle cable.

No maintenance logbooks or records were recovered.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 220 hours (Total, all aircraft), 60 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LIMING LOUIS L
Registration: N9095U
Model/Series: HPL 1 HIGH WING PARA NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: HPL-1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2016, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 400 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: A-65
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Observation Time: 0730
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 30°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Georgetown, OH (GEO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Georgetown, OH (GEO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.058056, 83.910833 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 2016 in Owensville, OH
Aircraft: LIMING LOUIS L HPL 1 HIGH WING PARA, registration: N9095U
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 August 5, 2016, about 0745 eastern daylight time, an Liming Louis L HPL-1 experimental airplane, N9095U, registered to the pilot/owner, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Owensville, Ohio. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. The personal local flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at 0730 from the Brown County Airport (GEO), Georgetown, Ohio.

Prior to departure from GEO, the pilot reported that he fueled the aircraft with M94 fuel. After takeoff, the pilot flew to the north for about 9 miles and began circling a private residence at 1,500 feet AGL. Suddenly, the engine power went to idle. The pilot checked to make sure that he had not bumped the idle control with his left knee and attempted to increase the engine RPM. The engine RPM did not increase and the pilot chose a grassy field to land while the engine remained at idle. Upon initial touchdown in the rough vegetated field, the airplane's speed was relatively high. The airplane became airborne and the the left wing struck a small stand of trees, spun around about 360 degrees, and struck the ground before coming to a stop. Substantial damage was incurred to the left wing and right wing strut and the pilot exited without injury.

Fuel samples were taken from the GEO source and no contaminates were found.

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