Monday, December 14, 2015

Globe GC-1B Swift, N78067: Accident occurred December 11, 2015 at Lake Elmo Airport (21D), St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA061
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 11, 2015 in Lake Elmo, MN
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1B, registration: N78067
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 December 11, 2015, about 1400 central daylight time, a Globe GC-1B airplane, N78067, lost engine power and the pilot made a forced landing into a field after departure from the Lake Elmo Airport (21D), St. Paul, Minnesota. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Phoenix Flyers, LLC, Stillwater, Minnesota, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident. 

In a statement provided by the pilot, he reported that the engine start-up and run-up were great and no anomalies were noted; carburetor heat was applied during the run-up The pilot initiated the takeoff and the airplane climbed to about 100 feet above ground level (agl) where the engine power decreased from 2,400 rpm to 1,600 rpm. The pilot maneuvered the airplane to the right to avoid trees straight ahead and made a forced landing to a field. The pilot noted that carburetor ice might have caused the loss of engine power. 

At 1353, the St. Paul Downtown Airport weather observation, located about 9 miles southwest, reported wind from 090 degrees at 8 knots, 10 miles visibility, overcast cloud layer at 1,600 feet, temperature 37° F, dew point 32° F, and altimeter setting 29.75 inches of mercury. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Minneapolis FSDO-15

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