NTSB Identification: ATL05LA026.
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Accident occurred Thursday, November 18, 2004 in Dunlap, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Golden Circle Air, Inc. T-Bird II, registration: NONE
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On takeoff, the airplane climbed to an altitude of approximately 60 to 90 feet when the engine suddenly lost power. The pilot immediately pushed the nose down, and the airplane descended at a steep descent angle. When the pilot pulled back on the controls to flare the airplane, it did not round out as he expected it should, and it hit the ground hard and traveled approximately 30 or 40 feet and came to a stop. Examination of the wreckage revealed the nosewheel was separated, the tubular metal frame forward of the seats was separated, and both wings were damaged. A witness who arrived at the scene reported a fuel line was found disconnected from the base of the fuel tank, and there was no fuel in the tank and no odor of fuel on the airplane or on the ground. No clamp was observed on the disconnected line. The pilot stated the flight had departed with sufficient fuel in the fuel tank.

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

The pilot's improper flare during forced landing following a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, which resulted in a hard landing. A factor was the separation of a fuel line, which resulted in fuel starvation to the engine.

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