ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173695
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Narrative:During the takeoff climb, as the airplane approached the departure end of the runway, the pilot heard a "pop," the airplane began to shudder, and he felt a "decrease in aircraft performance." The pilot unsuccessfully attempted to evaluate the problem, and then at 400 feet, he initiated a turn back to the airport. During the turn, the airplane "stalled," impacted a tree, and a post-crash fire ensued. During the takeoff climb, witnesses observed a thin "puff" of smoke trailing from the airplane's exhaust, prior to the pilot initiating the turn back to the runway. On-scene examination of the airplane and engine did not reveal any mechanical deficiencies.
|Date:||Wednesday 7 January 2004|
|Year of manufacture:||1975|
|Total airframe hrs:||3292 hours|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Danbury, CT -
United States of America
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
|Departure airport:||Danbury, CT (DXR)|
|Investigating agency: ||NTSB|
|Confidence Rating:|| Accident investigation report completed and information captured|
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, and the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed.
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