Thursday, May 26, 2022

Aeronca 7EC Traveler, N7410B: Accident occurred May 25, 2022 in Putnam Valley, Putnam County, New York

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; Albany, New York

Location: Putnam Valley, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA242
Date and Time: May 25, 2022, 16:00 Local
Registration: N7410B
Aircraft: Aeronca 7EC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 25, 2022, about 1600 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 7EC, N7410B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Putnam Station, New York. 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 had just purchased the airplane and was flying it from Saratoga Springs, New York, to Northern Lights Airport (VT46), Alburg, Vermont, to have it inspected. During the flight, the mixture control kept “creeping out” and the pilot pushed it back in 2-3 times. The last time the mixture control moved aft, he “pushed it a little stronger,” and afterwards noted that he could no longer enrichen the fuel. The engine then started to backfire, “cut out,” and was losing engine power. He circled while attempting to restore engine power; however, the engine did not regain power. The airplane continued to descend, and the pilot performed a forced landing in a field, during which, the airplane impacted a power line.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the structural tubing that connects to the firewall. The inspector’s review of the aircraft maintenance logbooks revealed that the airplane’s most recent annual inspection was in 2007. The inspector reported that no ferry permit was issued for the flight.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N7410B
Model/Series: 7EC
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: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RUT,784 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2) 
Destination: Alburg, VT (VT46)

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: 43.799599,-73.399587 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues, clipped powerlines and crashed in a field. 

Date: 25-MAY-22
Time: 21:26:00Z
Regis#: N7410B
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 7EC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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