NTSB Identification: CEN14LA199
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Cookson, OK
Aircraft: ERCOUPE 415 C, registration: N2788H
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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On April 12, 2014, about 1050 central daylight time, N2788H, an Ercoupe 415-C, sustained substantial damage after it made a forced landing to wooded terrain after a partial loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from Tinkiller Airport (44M), Cookson, Oklahoma. The pilot and the pilot rated passenger both sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot rated passenger. No flight plan was filed for the flight that was destined for a private airstrip in Ozark, Arkansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a witness, the airplane experienced engine trouble on the first takeoff attempt but was able to land back on the runway. The airplane then taxied back to the departure end of the runway and took off again. The witness said the airplane began to climb and when it was 100 feet above the ground, the wings dipped back and forth. The airplane then pitched up and descended into trees.

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