NTSB Identification: SEA96LA023.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 24, 1995 in PUYALLUP, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: HARDESTY/HAYS QUICKIE Q2, registration: N4416Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During the initial climbout, witnesses observed the airplane gain an altitude of about 150 feet above the ground. They then heard the engine quit, and observed the airplane begin to turn back toward the departure runway. The airplane stalled, nosed over, and impacted terrain during the maneuver. The terrain surrounding the departure runway consisted of level fields with no obstructions. Examination of the engine revealed some non-standard items and workmanship associated with the fuel, oil, and exhaust system; however, no conclusive evidence was found to determine the cause of the loss of power.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, and his improper decision to attempt a 180-degree turn back toward the runway during the forced landing.

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