NTSB Identification: SEA96LA078.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 06, 1996 in SALEM, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/03/1997
Aircraft: SPORT FLIGHT TALON, registration: NONE
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The non-certificated pilot, who was flying an unregistered homebuilt aircraft, experienced a complete power loss during the climb after departure. He successfully maneuvered the aircraft to an open field for an emergency landing; however, as he began the landing flare, he allowed the airspeed to get low. The aircraft then stall/mushed into the terrain with enough force to result in substantial damage to the airframe. After the accident, no reason for the power loss could be found, and the engine operated successfully during a test run. The aircraft was similar to an ultralight, but its empty weight and fuel capacity exceeded the limits for it to be classified as an ultralight.

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

loss of engine power for undetermined reason(s), and failure of the pilot to properly flare the aircraft during the emergency landing.

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