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NTSB Identification: CEN19LA303
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 04, 2019 in Van Wert, OH
Aircraft: Phantom Aeronautics X-1, registration: N111JC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 September 4, 2019, about 1735 eastern daylight time, a Phantom Aeronautics X-1 light sport airplane, N111JC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Van Wert, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Van Wert County Airport (VNW), Van Wert, Ohio, about 1730.

The pilot reported a loss of engine power about 5 minutes into the flight. He subsequently noticed that the forward carburetor had become separated from the engine intake boot. He executed a forced landing to a bean field which resulted in damage to the left-wing spar.