NTSB Identification: LAX07LA245.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 10, 2007 in Sequim, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2007
Aircraft: Burnham Avid Flyer, registration: N5MN
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

The purpose of the flight was for the student pilot to perform practice maneuvers in a local training area. Witnesses saw the airplane fly low over the residence of the pilot's girlfriend while performing a series of 360-degree turns around the house. On the second turn, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot said he attempted to restart the engine by performing the emergency procedures, but he was unsuccessful. As the airplane descended to 15 feet above ground level (agl), it collided with a guy wire. Following the accident, an examination of the engine was performed by a local electrical engineer. He stated that he inspected the electrical system of the engine and found it to be non-operational because of a failure of the ignition coil that supplies electrical energy to each ignition system.

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

a loss of engine power due to a dual ignition system failure.

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