NTSB Identification: SEA06CA014.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 27, 2005 in Yelm, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC, registration: N85534
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The aircraft, which had not undergone an annual inspection since 1973, was being "flight tested" as part of the process of getting it ready to be sold. On its third takeoff of the day, after reaching an altitude of about 200 feet above the ground, it experienced a complete loss of engine power. During the attempted forced landing, the pilot allowed the aircraft to descend at an excessive rate, and it was substantially damaged when it contacted the ground. The reason for the loss of power has not been determined.

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

The complete loss of engine power during the initial climb for undetermined reasons, and the excessive descent rate during the ensuing forced landing.

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