NTSB Identification: FTW01FA151.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 24, 2001 in McAlester, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-CD, registration: N3962H
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 airplane's fuel tanks were topped off and the flight departed. The following day the airplane was found 1/4 mile from the departure end of the runway by a helicopter that departed on an unrelated business flight. The helicopter crew maneuvered the helicopter near the airplane and observed the accident site among rough and uneven terrain. There were no witnesses to the accident and no distress calls were received. The damage to the airplane and signatures at the accident site, including ground scars, were consistent with a stall. Examination of the airframe did not reveal any anomalies that would preclude normal operation of the airplane. Examination of the engine revealed several anomalies, including ferrous debris in the cylinders and main oil screen; however, there was no evidence of catastrophic engine failure.

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

the inadvertent stall by the pilot-in-command.

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