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NTSB Identification: CEN19FA305
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 07, 2019 in Carpenter, WY
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC, registration: N5502S
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 7, 2019, about 1440 mountain daylight time, a Bellanca 7GCBC, N5502S, impacted terrain after a departure climb from a grass field near Carpenter, Wyoming. After the departure climb toward the west to about 100-200 ft above ground level (agl), the airplane entered a left bank turn that increased to about 60° while turning toward the southeast and maintaining an altitude of about 100-200 ft agl before it entered the descent, which was consistent with an accelerated stall. The airplane was destroyed by impacted forces. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined to Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Two witnesses near the field stated that they heard the noise of airplane engine operating, and one of the witnesses said that it appeared as if the airplane stalled.

Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed the wing flaps were in the retracted position. The airplane control surfaces were attached and secure. The magneto and master switches were in the ON position. The throttle and mixture controls were in their full forward positions. The engine primer was in the forward and locked position. One of the propeller blades exhibited twisting and chordwise scratching consistent with torsional operation.