NTSB Identification: DEN90LA137.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42860.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 16, 1990 in TRUTH/CONSEQUEN, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1992
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415C, registration: N94351
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF. THE PASSENGER REPORTED THAT THE PILOT LIFTED OFF AT 60 MILES PER HOUR, PULLED THE PLANE UP STEEPLY UNTIL THE AIRSPEED BLED OFF, PUSHED THE NOSE OVER TO REGAIN AIRSPEED AND REPEATED THIS MANEUVER TWICE MORE BEFORE THE PLANE REACHED THE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE PASSENGER SAID THE PILOT DECIDED TO LAND ON THE END OF THE RUNWAY, AND REDUCED POWER, BUT HAD TO ADD POWER AGAIN TO CLEAR A FENCE. THE PILOT THEN REDUCED POWER, ASKED THE PASSENGER TO SHUT OFF THE FUEL, AND MADE A FORCED LANDING IN THE MESQUITE BRUSH, DAMAGING THE NOSE GEAR, ENGINE MOUNTS, AND BOTH WINGS, SUBSTANTIALLY.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER AIRSPEED AND OBTAIN A PROPER CLIMB RATE AFTER TAKEOFF.

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