NTSB Identification: FTW01LA152.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 25, 2001 in Hammond, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2002
Aircraft: Mottier RV-6, registration: N149
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The pilot executed a forced landing to a pasture, located approximately 1/4 mile north of the runway, due to a loss of engine power. The pilot walked back to the airport office, inquired who the owner of the field was, and stated he "thought he had a fuel problem." Approximately 45 minutes later, a witness reported seeing the pilot pushing the airplane back to the south part of the pasture. The pilot proceeded to start the engine, and the airplane took off from the pasture. Shortly after takeoff, the airplane turned to the left and the engine lost power again. The airplane "wobbled", rolled inverted, and impacted trees and the ground. Examination of the accident site revealed that the cockpit, cabin area, and engine were consumed by fire. The reason for the loss of engine power was not determined.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control following a loss of engine power. A factor was the loss of engine power during takeoff initial climb for undetermined reasons.

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