NTSB Identification: CHI05LA177.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 09, 2005 in Tarkio, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2006
Aircraft: North American P-51D, registration: N10607
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The airplane collided with the terrain following a loss of engine power on takeoff. The pilot reported that he experienced a total loss of engine power at an altitude of about 50 above the ground on takeoff. He stated that he banked to the left to avoid a 30 foot dike off the end of the runway. He stated that when he banked the airplane, the left wing contacted the ground. The airplane then rocked to the right and the right wing contacted the ground prior to the airplane coming to rest. Inspection of the airplane and engine failed to reveal any mechanical failure/malfunction which would have resulted in the loss of engine power.

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

A loss of engine power due to undetermined reasons and the unsuitable terrain encountered during the forced landing.

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