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NTSB Identification: ERA17LA023
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Lindenwold, NJ
Aircraft: ERCOUPE 415, registration: N415WE
Injuries: 2 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 19, 2016, about 1320 eastern daylight time, an Ercoupe 415C, N415WE, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain in Lindenwold, New Jersey. The private pilot and passenger were seriously injured. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Flying W Airport (N14), Lumberton, New Jersey. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the pilot reported that he rented the airplane at Claremont Airport (58M), Elkton, Maryland, and added 9 gallons of fuel to the airplane before departing. He flew to N14 without incident to pick up the passenger, and they then departed for a local area flight.

The passenger reported that during the flight the pilot stated, "something was wrong with the throttle" before the engine began to lose power. The airplane subsequently impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and the cockpit.

The two seat, low wing, tricycle landing gear-equipped airplane, was manufactured in 1946. It was powered by a Continental C-75, 75 horsepower engine. The wreckage was retained for further examination.