NTSB Identification: ERA14LA222
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 04, 2014 in Bardwell, KY
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GCAA, registration: N9588S
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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On May 4, 2014, about 1635 central daylight time, a Champion 7GCAA, N9588S, collided with terrain less than 3/10's of a mile from the departure airstrip near Bardwell, Kentucky. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part [91 as a personal, local flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated less than 1 minute earlier from a runway located adjacent to his sister's house.

The pilot stated that previously that day he had flown the airplane from his house to the runway adjacent to his sister's house and after landing secured the engine. He reported that there were no issues with the airplane during that flight, and he remained on the ground about 30 minutes. He and the passenger (his nephew) then boarded the airplane for a local flight. The pilot further stated that he performed an engine run-up before takeoff which included checking both magnetos noting each decreased equally 75 rpm. He applied takeoff power noting the engine was developing full red line rpm, and became airborne in about 500 to 600 feet. After becoming airborne he levelled off to accelerate then began to climb turning to a southwesterly direction, or into the wind which was from the south at 10 to 15 knots with occasional gusts. The airplane climbed to between 150 and 200 feet, and with the engine operating at 2,400 rpm (reduced by him to that setting), the airplane began descending. He applied full power and reported the engine did respond but the airplane continued to descend. The airplane impacted in a field and then nosed over; both occupants exited the airplane.

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