NTSB Identification: ATL86FMG09.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31445.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 09, 1986 in ORANGEBURG, SC
Aircraft: GRAY DRIFTER XP, registration: N4817N
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE HOMEBUILT ACFT CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. WITNESSES REPORTED HEARING A LOSS OF POWER DURING INITIAL CLIMB. THE ACFT THEN ENTERED AN ABRUPT RIGHT TURN AND DESCENDED TO GROUND IMPACT. POST ACCIDENT BENCH TEST OF THE ENGINE FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY MECHANICAL FAILURE/MALFUNCTION.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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