NTSB Prelim: Luscombe 8A

About 200 To 300 Ft Above Ground Level, The Engine Began Operating Rough On September 4, 2021, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A airplane, N2071K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Wayne, Indiana. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he and 3 other airplanes were conducting a cross-country return flight to Pennsylvania. After refueling, the airplanes taxied to runway 23, and the pilot completed his preflight checklist. Shortly after takeoff, about 200 to 300 ft above ground level, the engine began operating rough, which included some surging, and then it lost power.

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