NTSB Identification: IAD05LA002.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 07, 2004 in Stow, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Bradley Renegade, registration: N210SQ
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The homebuilt airplane was flown earlier in the day with no deficiencies noted. After landing, the pilot refueled the airplane and completed a preflight inspection prior to departure. After takeoff, the airplane " ...just didn't have the power it normally has." The pilot never looked at the instruments, and couldn't estimate the engine rpm, but thought the engine sounded "normal." The airplane could not climb above a stand of trees in the takeoff path, but the pilot was able to maneuver around it. A second stand of trees in the takeoff path could not be avoided, and the airplane could not climb over it. The airplane struck the trees and came to rest suspended in them without injury to the occupants. A detailed examination of the engine revealed only impact damage, and no mechanical anomolies. According to FAA Advisory Circular AC-20-27D, Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft: "FAA inspections of amateur-built aircraft have been limited to ensuring the use of acceptable workmanship methods, techniques, practices, and issuing operating limitations necessary to protect persons and property not involved in this activity."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A partial loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, which resulted in the airplane's inability to climb over a stand of trees. Full narrative available
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