NTSB Identification: WPR13LA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Marysville, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N5208F
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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On January 19, 2013, about 1605 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172F, N5208F, collided into a muddy field following a total loss of engine power during the initial climb from the Yuba County Airport, Marysville, California. The Beale Aero Club was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and passenger sustained minor injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local position flight departed from Beale Air Force Base, Marysville, at 1553, with a planned destination of Yuba County Airport. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a military visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed.

The CFI stated that the airplane had recently undergone an annual inspection and the accident flight was the first flight since that maintenance was conducted. The CFI intended to position it back at the Yuba County Airport where it was normally based. After departure, he made the short flight to the destination, at which point he decided to perform several touch-and-go practice takeoff and landings. Following a smooth landing, he configured the airplane for takeoff by confirming the fuel selector was positioned on "BOTH" wing tanks, the carburetor heat was off, the flaps were retracted, and the fuel mixture was "RICH". He applied full power and the airplane climbed to about 150 feet, during which time the CFI noted the oil pressure and temperature were showing normal indications.

The CFI further stated that at 150 feet above ground level (agl), the engine suddenly experienced a total loss of power. He lowered the nose and configured airplane for a best-glide airspeed. Despite his efforts, the CFI could not restart the engine and the airplane touched down in a muddy field. The main landing gear dug into the soft terrain and the airplane flipped over inverted. The wreckage was located about 50 feet from the first impact location and about 0.5 miles from the edge of the runway.

The wreckage was taken to a hangar for further examination.

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