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Thurston TA16 Trojan, N36YR: Accident occurred June 02, 2022 near Ray Community Airport (57D), Macomb County, Michigan

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; Belleville, Michigan


Location: Ray, Michigan
Accident Number: CEN22LA251
Date and Time: June 2, 2022, 13:15 Local
Registration: N36YR
Aircraft: MCDANIEL JAMES D TROJAN TA16
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 2, 2022, about 1315 eastern daylight time, a Trojan TA16 airplane, N36YR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ray, Michigan. The pilot was not injured. The flight operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to information provided by the pilot, while on climb out from the airport, the engine surged rapidly three times and then stopped producing power. The pilot turned the airplane to land back on the runway while attempting to restore engine power. Unable to restore power or make the runway, the pilot performed a forced landing colliding with small trees which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MCDANIEL JAMES D 
Registration: N36YR
Model/Series: TROJAN TA16 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KMTC,580 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

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: 42.740585,-82.889695 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues, landed short of the runway in brush and trees. 

Date: 02-JUN-22
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N36YR
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: TROJAN TA 16
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: RAY
State: MICHIGAN

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