During The Initial Climb, He Noted That The Airplane Was Not Climbing

Location: Clover, SC Accident Number: ERA20LA286
Date & Time: 08/15/2020, 1600 EDT Registration: N146BB
Aircraft: McSwain JA 30 Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation – Personal

On August 15, 2020, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a McSwain PA30 Superstol, N146BB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at a private airstrip near Clover, South Carolina. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he landed at a private, grass airstrip during the flight from York Airport (01SC), York, South Carolina to Gastonia Municipal Airport (AKH), Gastonia, North Carolina. He landed uneventfully and taxied for a takeoff to the northwest. During the initial climb, he noted that the airplane was not climbing as he expected. He maneuvered to avoid some trees; however, the airplane contacted the trees and he was unable to maintain control. The airplane crashed in a wooded area and he was met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that there was structural damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. There was no fire.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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