NTSB Identification: ERA16LA156
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Deland, FL
Aircraft: ATKINSON EAGLET, registration: N5AQ
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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On April 13, 2016, about 1230 eastern daylight time, an Atkinson Eaglet motorglider, N5AQ, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged when it impact trees shortly after takeoff from runway 9 at Bob Lee Flight Strip (1J6) Deland, Florida. The sport pilot had minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
The pilot report that after takeoff, the main reciprocating pusher engine failed and the secondary electric motor was unable to maintain the aircraft's altitude. The pilot tried to make a 180-degree turn back to the airport but the aircraft lost altitude and hit the top of pine trees. The tail of the airplane caught the top of a tree preventing the airplane from colliding with the ground. The airplane was approximately 1 foot off the ground when the pilot unlatched his seatbelt and jumped to the ground.
The wreckage has been retained for further examination.