NTSB Identification: CEN12LA103
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 09, 2011 in Watertown, SD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/28/2012
Aircraft: Beech C23, registration: N6717K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 student pilot reported that there were no anomalies with the engine operation during a before-takeoff engine check or when he applied power for takeoff. He stated that shortly after liftoff, about 50 to 100 feet above the runway, the engine suddenly lost power. He immediately performed a landing on the remaining runway. The airplane touched down hard and then bounced several times before the nose and right main landing gear collapsed. The accident engine demonstrated the ability to produce rated horsepower during a postaccident operational test run. A postaccident examination failed to reveal any anomalies that would have prevented normal engine operation. Additionally, there was no significant risk of carburetor ice accumulation at any engine power setting.

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

A total loss of engine power during initial climb for undetermined reasons.

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