NTSB Identification: ATL01LA097.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 27, 2001 in NewSmyrna Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/03/2002
Aircraft: Troy A. Woodland Sky Raider II, registration: N64KS
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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After takeoff, the airplane climbed to approximately 200 feet above ground level, then lost engine power. The pilot attempted to return to the runway. During the maneuver, airspeed was not maintained, and the airplane stalled and dove straight into the ground. Fuel was observed leaking from the wreckage at the accident site. The engine was removed for examination, and the drive train rotated freely when manipulated by hand. All three propeller blades were found broken off the hub. Examination of the engine and flight controls revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunction. Diazepam (valium), a prescription medication, was detected during the toxicological examination.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed while performing an emergency maneuver, resulting in a stall and an uncontrolled descent, and the subsequent collision with terrain. A factors was, the loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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