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Quad City Challenger II Clip Wing, N788RH: Accident occurred June 30, 2016 at Union County Airport (KMRT), Marysville, Union 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; Columbus, Ohio

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N788RH

Location: Marysville, OH
Accident Number: CEN16LA243
Date & Time: 06/30/2016, 1230 EDT
Registration: N788RH
Aircraft: Challenger II CW
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2016, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Hammer Challenger II CW experimental amateur-built single-engine airplane, N788RH, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power during initial climb at Union County Airport (MRT), Marysville, Ohio. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot's accident report, after takeoff and during the initial climb, the engine lost all power. Since the airplane was still over the runway and the winds were calm, the pilot made a left turn in an attempt to land on a grass runway parallel to the departure runway. The pilot made "a hard semi-controlled landing." Post-accident examination revealed the left main landing gear and wing strut were bent, and the left wing tip was crumpled. Further examination revealed a spark plug had blown out of the 2-cylinder engine.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/31/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 92 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44 hours (Total, this make and model), 92 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Challenger
Registration: N788RH
Model/Series: II CW
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 0788
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/08/2014, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 960 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 783 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: HIRTH
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 3203
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: KMRT, 1021 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1214 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 321°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marysville, OH (MRT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marysville, OH (MRT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Union County (MRT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1020 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4218 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

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:  40.223889, -83.350833 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA243
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Marysville, OH
Aircraft: HAMMER ROBERT H JR CHALLENGER II CW, registration: N788RH
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 June 30, 2016, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Hammer, Robert H Jr, Challenger II CW, experimental amateur built single-engine airplane, N788RH, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power during initial climb at Union County Airport (MRT), Marysville, Ohio. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan for the local flight had not been filed.

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