Engine Experienced A Partial Loss Of Power, Which Happened About 45 Minutes After The First Takeoff

Location: South Boston, VA Accident Number: ERA21LA062
Date & Time: December 6, 2020, 16:18 Local Registration: N2674H
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415 Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On December 6, 2020, about 1618 eastern daylight time, an Ercoupe 415-C, N2674H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near South Boston, Virginia. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the airplane had 25 gallons of fuel onboard when he departed. The pilot performed three takeoffs and landings, followed by a local sightseeing flight northeast of his home airport. The engine experienced a partial loss of power, which happened about 45 minutes after the first takeoff. The pilot applied carburetor heat and used the primer to try and inject fuel into the engine; however, the engine eventually lost all power. The pilot subsequently performed a forced landing to a road, and during the landing, the airplane struck a mailbox, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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