FTW02LA150
FTW02LA150

On May 12, 2002, approximately 1630 central daylight time, an Aubrey Challenger II homebuilt experimental airplane, N2NX, registered to and operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during takeoff from the Town and Country Airport, Lubbock, Texas. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information provided in the enclosed NTSB Pilot/Operator Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), the pilot reported that the airplane was in the initial climb after takeoff at 200-300 feet AGL when the engine lost power. He turned right to clear some power lines and tried to glide to a parking lot. Subsequently, the aircraft contacted a berm of soft dirt resulting in structural damage to the fuselage. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

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