NTSB Identification: NYC85FHA01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26299.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 13, 1984 in BRODHEADSVILLE, PA
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C AIRCOUPE, registration: N93907
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 ACFT STALLED (MUSHED) INTO 35 FT TREES UNDER PWR ACCORDING TO THE PASSENGER ON BOARD. THE PAX ALSO SAID ANOTHER PERSON RECOMMENDED A TAKEOFF TO THE SOUTH BECAUSE OF X-WIND & TERRAIN. THE PLT WAS QUOTED AS SAYING THAT 'THE PLANE HAS PLENTY OF SNOT' & HE TOOK OFF TO THE NORTH. WITNESS SAID THE ACFT ACCELERATED SLOWLY & THE ARPT MGR SAID THE ACFT PASSEDTHE 'DECISION POINT' BEFORE BECOMING AIRBORNE. THE PLT THEN TURNED EAST AT 100 FT AGL AND CLIMBED OVER SOME TREES TO THE RT OF THE RWY BUT STALLED AND SETTLED INTO 'HEDGEROW' TREES AT THE NE END OF THE ARPT. THERE WAS FIRE AFTER IMPACT BUT BOTH OCCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO EXIT THE ACFT. NOTHING WAS FOUND OF A CONTRIBUTORY NATURE UPON EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE. THE PLTS WIFE ESTIMATED THAT HER HUSBAND FLEW THE ACFT ABOUT 12 HRS A MONTH SINCE THE LAST ANNUAL INSPECTION ON 3/10/84.

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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