NTSB Identification: CEN13LA363
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Hibbing, MN
Aircraft: THOMSEN AVID FLYER MK IV, registration: N6240T
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On June 19, 2013, about 1915 central daylight time, an experimental amateur built Thomsen Avid Flyer MK IV, N6240T, collided with the terrain following a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Range Regional Airport (HIB), Hibbing, Minnesota. The sport pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from HIB shortly before the accident.

The pilot stated he landed at HIB to pick up a passenger for a local flight. He switched fuel tanks prior to takeoff and waited, with the engine idling, approximately 3 minutes for another airplane to land. Once airborne he pulled the engine power back to 5,500 to 5,700 rpm. Shortly thereafter, at an altitude of about 700 feet, the engine sputtered and lost all power. The pilot performed a forced landing in a wooded swamp area east of the airport.

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