After a planned refueling stop at Cordele, Georgia, the pilot taxied to a runway intersection and began his takeoff roll.
Witnesses reported that when the Aeronca 7EC was about 200 feet above ground level, it entered a gradual left turn, which progressed into a steep left turn. The airplane lost altitude during a 180° turn and then hit the ground, resulting in one fatality and one serious injury.
An examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot’s autopsy noted mild coronary atherosclerosis; however, it is unlikely that this would have resulted in preaccident incapacitation of the pilot.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of this accident as an in-flight loss of control for reasons that could not be determined based on the available evidence.
NTSB Identification: ERA15FA017
This October 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.