Engine Subsequently Lost Power, And The Pilot Set-Up A Forced Landing To A Field

Location: Towanda, KS Accident Number: CEN21LA372
Date & Time: August 15, 2021, 16:36 Local Registration: N56179
Aircraft: Flying K Enterprises Sky Raider Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On August 15, 2021, about 1636 central daylight time, a Flying K Enterprises Sky Raider airplane, N56179 was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near  Towanda, Kansas. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported the engine run-up and takeoff were routine. However, during the initial climb about 150 ft above ground level, the engine speed started to decrease. He decided to fly a “wide circle” to return to the airport for a landing. The engine subsequently lost power, and the pilot set-up a forced landing to a field. The engine was not responding to throttle inputs. The airplane “pancaked” into the field and the landing gear collapsed resulting in damage to the fuselage.

A postaccident engine examination is planned.

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