Monday, February 29, 2016

CZAW SPORTCRUISER, N187SF: Accident occurred February 28, 2016 at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Atlanta, Georgia 

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA120 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
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 February 28, 2016, at 1337 eastern standard time, N187SF, a light-sport Czech Sport Aircraft - SportCruiser, made a forced landing after a total loss of engine power while on takeoff from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane's left wing, firewall, landing gear and propeller were damaged. The private pilot/owner was not injured. Visual flight rules conditions existed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was being conducted as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated that this was his first flight of the day. He conducted a thorough preflight inspection of the airplane before he started the engine and then let it warm up to normal operating temperature before taxing to the runway. The pilot said he performed an engine run-up before taking-off and everything was normal. Both fuel tanks were full with about 15 gallons of auto-gas, and the fuel selector was on the left tank. The fuel pump was "on." The pilot said the engine run-up was normal and proceeded to takeoff on runway 21R. As the airplane began to climb, the engine lost power. He switched fuel tanks, but the engine did not re-start.The pilot declared an emergency and attempted to land on runway 3R, but landed about 300 ft southeast of the runway.

The airplane and engine were retained for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

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