NTSB Identification: CEN09LA051
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 05, 2008 in Osceola, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/2009
Aircraft: JOHNSON LEONARD G COZY MK-IV, registration: N637PS
Injuries: 1 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.

The private pilot was flying his homebuilt airplane on a cross-country flight at 5,500 feet mean sea level when he encountered some turbulence. The engine began to overheat and lose power and the pilot diverted to a nearby airport. The pilot could not make the runway and landed on a grassy, unimproved area on the airport. The airplane struck a pole, crossed a road, struck a second pole, and came to rest inverted. Both wings and a portion of the nose were separated from the airplane and the pilot was seriously injured. The pilot stated that he thought he had inadvertently actuated the landing brake in the turbulence, which blocked airflow to the engine and caused the engine to overheat and lose power. According to the builders manual, deployment of the landing brake can disrupt airflow to the engine and cause overheating. The airplane had been modified from the original design, replacing the mechanical landing brake system with an electrical one.

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

A total loss of engine power due to an obstruction of airflow as a result of the pilot's inadvertent actuation of the landing brake.

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