NTSB Identification: WPR12LA302
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Winslow, AZ
Aircraft: BUNCH MATTHEW B COZY-CANARDIII, registration: N718JT
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 11, 2012, about 1240 mountain standard time (MST), an experimental Bunch-Cozy Canard III, N718JT, impacted terrain during takeoff at Winslow, Arizona. The owner/pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the passenger was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage by impact forces. The cross-country personal flight was departing Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport (INW) about 1240, with an unconfirmed destination. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The airplane landed at INW about 1100 MST, and after the pilot refueled the airplane, he inquired from the airport FBO personnel about finding a mechanic. The pilot stated that the engine was running rough and that he needed to remove and check the spark plugs.

The pilot was advised that there were no mechanics based at Winslow but that one could be called from Flagstaff, Arizona. The pilot indicated he was going to try and “clear” the engine, and then would call the mechanic.

About 1 1/2 hours later, witnesses saw the accident airplane departing INW using runway 29. As the airplane approached the departure end of runway 29 it descended and hit an off airport road and cartwheeled into a dirt field.

Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to the accident site. After documenting the wreckage it was recovered for further examination.

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