NTSB Identification: LAX83LU012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21892.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 21, 1983 in PENN VALLEY, CA
Aircraft: Manta Products FLEDGE 2B-FOXBAT, registration: NONE
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 ULTRALIGHT VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A TREE AFTER A POWER LOSS DURING TAKEOFF CLIMB. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED A NORMAL PREFLT AND WALKED OVER THE FIELD BEFORE HIS FIRST TAKEOFF. AFTER TAKEOFF, ALL WENT WELL FOR ABOUT 1 MINUTE THEN A POWER LOSS AND A LOSS OF RUDDER CONTROL WERE EXPERIENCED. THE ULTRALIGHT PITCHED UNCONTROLLABLY DOWNWARD THEN CLIPPED THE TOP OF A 60 FT TREE. THE PILOT & VEHICLE FELL VERTICALLY TO THE GROUND & IMPACTED IN A NOSE LOW PITCH ATTITUDE. THE PILOT HAD 12 HRS TOTAL FLYING TIME, ALL IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES. THE REASON FOR THE LOSS OF POWER WAS NOT DETERMINED.

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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