NTSB Identification: CHI03LA007.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 09, 2002 in Forest Lake, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/2003
Aircraft: Madewell EAA-Biplane-P, registration: N21WL
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a swamp after a loss of engine power. The pilot reported he had been practicing power on and power off stalls north of the airport prior to returning to the airport. He over flew the airport about 1,575 feet agl to check for two aircraft that were in the traffic pattern. When he was southwest of the approach end of runway 13, he lost power to the engine and immediately turned right to land on runway 13. The pilot reported that he could not make the runway and executed a forced landing to a swamp. An inspection of the airframe and engine revealed no pre-impact anomalies.

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

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. A related factor was the swampy terrain.

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