NTSB Identification: NYC01LA098.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 08, 2001 in West Middlesex, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/27/2001
Aircraft: Fobes CGS Hawk Plus, registration: NONE
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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The pilot took off towards the south, flew a left downwind leg, then turned west onto a left base leg. At the time, he was maintaining a 500-foot altitude, and 6,000 rpm on the airplane's Rotax 503 engine. As the airplane continued along the base leg, it began a descent. While passing through 400 feet, the engine experienced a partial power loss, and thereafter would not provide any more than 3,000 rpm. The airplane continued its descent, and struck power lines that approximately paralleled the runway, at a height of 60 feet. It subsequently impacted the ground, and was consumed by fire. Post-flight inspection revealed that the engine rotated freely; however, due to its condition, further engine examination was not performed. Winds at the time of the accident were from 270 degrees true, at 14, gusting to 19 knots. There were woods and houses to the north of the base leg, and a house to the south.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The partial loss of engine power, for undetermined reasons. Factors included the headwinds on base leg, and the unsuitable terrain for a forced landing. Full narrative available
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