NTSB Identification: LAX02LA270.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 31, 2002 in FRESNO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/2004
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N87204
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The airplane made an off field landing and collided with poles following a loss of engine power. An annual inspection had just been completed on the airplane and the purpose of the flight was to check the airplane out. Upon returning to the airport the engine began to run rough and lose power. During the attempted landing on a road the left wing hit a pole and the airplane began to weave. The airplane hit another pole and departed the road into soft dirt. The main landing gear dug into the soft dirt and the prop nosed into the ground. Both wings and the fuselage sustained substantial damage. A post accident examination of the engine did not reveal any anomalies, and it test ran successfully to 2,000 rpm.

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

a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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