NTSB Identification: CEN12LA601
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 2012 in Brighton, MI
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N82383
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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On September 1, 2012, approximately 0830 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 7AC single-engine airplane, N82383, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain following a loss of control during initial takeoff climb from the Brighton Airport (45G), Brighton, Michigan. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to local authorities, the pilot was taking the passenger, who was a friend of the pilot, for a local flight. Witnesses observed a normal engine run-up prior to takeoff, and a normal takeoff from runway 22. Shortly after takeoff, the engine did not sound like it was developing full power and the airplane was struggling to climb. Subsequently, the airplane was observed making a turn and then descended toward the terrain in a nose down attitude.

The airplane came to rest upright in swampy terrain approximately 1,000 feet from the departure end of runway 22. The engine was found buried within the terrain and displaced aft into the firewall. The fuselage was crushed upward and aft. The empennage was partially separated and displaced to the right.

Examination of the airplane showed that flight control continuity was established from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit area. The wooden propeller remained attached to the engine. The crankshaft was rotated by hand and continuity was confirmed from the propeller to the rear accessory gears and to the valve train. The carburetor remained partially attached to the engine, but was impact damaged. The carburetor float bowl contained fuel and water. The carburetor float was undamaged, and the fuel intake screen was clear.

At 0815, the Livingston County Airport (OZW), Howell, Michigan, automated weather observing system, located 9 miles west of the accident site, reported calm winds, visibility 10 miles, clear sky, temperature 19 degrees Celsius, dew point 13 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.15 inches of Mercury.

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