Airplane Was In Cruise Flight… When The Engine Began To Gradually Lose Power

Location: Columbia, SC Accident Number: ERA21LA125
Date & Time: February 7, 2021, 16:00 Local Registration: N24476
Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC-65 Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On February 7, 2021, about 1600 eastern standard time, a Taylorcraft BC-65, N24476, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Columbia, South Carolina. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The student pilot stated that the airplane was in cruise flight at an altitude of 2,000 ft mean seal level when the engine began to gradually lose power. The student pilot was unable to maintain altitude and made a forced landing to a road located in a subdivision that was under construction. The airplane sustained substantial damage when it collided with construction equipment during the landing roll out.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

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