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Aeronca 11AC, N9500E: Accident occurred February 08, 2022 in Napa, California

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Location: Napa, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA099
Date and Time: February 8, 2022, 08:45 Local
Registration: N9500E
Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 8, 2022, about 0845 pacific standard time, an Aeronca 11AC Chief, N9500E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Napa, California. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he departed University Airport (KEDU) Davis, California, and was enroute to Sonoma County Airport (KSTS), Santa Rosa, California. Approximately 30 minutes into the flight, about 20 nm north of Napa, CA, the engine lost all power. The pilot stated that the engine “got quiet”, the “tach dropped”, and the airplane could not maintain altitude. He immediately verified the throttle was full “in” and then pulled the carburetor heat to the OPEN position; however, the airplane continued to descend. The pilot made mayday calls and completed a forced landed in a field.

A post-accident examination revealed that the fuselage tubular frame was substantially damaged. The airplane and the engine were recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca 
Registration: N9500E
Model/Series: 11AC NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAPC,14 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Davis, CA (KEDU)
Destination: Santa Rosa, CA (KSTS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.462184,-122.2149 (est)

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