NTSB Identification: MIA00LA152.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 12, 2000 in FERNANDINA BCH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N760WB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot stated the engine lost power on initial takeoff climb at about 200 feet. He attempted a forced landing by applying full left rudder and forward stick to maintain airspeed. He said he had no further recollection of the accident. Witness stated they observed the airplane on climb out. The airspeed was described as slow. The airplane was observed to make a steep left turn (45-degrees or more) between 200 to 250 feet. The nose of the airplane pitched down and the airplane collided with terrain. Examination of the flight control system and engine assembly revealed no evidence of a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction.

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

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, and the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed resulting in an inadvertent stall., in-flight collision with terrain, and subsequent nose over.

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