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Tail numberN404AF
Accident dateMarch 05, 2009
Aircraft typeMoore Glenn Moronca
LocationBurgaw, NC
Near 34.527778 N, -77.85 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On March 5, 2009, at 1330 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built, Glenn Moore, Moronca, impacted terrain during a force landing near Stag Air Park (7NC1), Burgaw, North Carolina. The pilot was killed and the airplane incurred substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. The flight originated from 7NC1 about 1300.

The airplane impacted into a freshly plowed section of an open field. The property owner's house was located about 100 yards from where the airplane impacted the terrain. The owner heard the airplane's engine sputtering before hearing the crash. The pilot was extricated by local authorities and taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The pilot, age 80, held a private pilot certificate, issued on April 15, 1963, with ratings for airplane single-engine land. The pilot's last medical certificate was issued in October of 2004; a third-class. In addition, the pilot held a repairman experimental aircraft builder certificate, issued on June 17, 2008.

The fuselage of the airplane was primarily comprised of an Aeronca with the wings and landing gear system designed by the builder. The airplane's power plant was a Continental C-65-8 engine. The airplane was certificated in April of 2008. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accumulated a total of 47.21 hours since built.

The 1353 recorded weather for the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), Wilmington, North Carolina, located 15 miles south of the accident site, was wind 110 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 12 degrees Celsius (C), dew point temperature minus 5 degrees C and altimeter 30.50 inches of mercury.

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the wreckage was located in a soft terrain plowed field about 1 nautical mile southeast of 7NC1. The airplane clipped the tops of several trees, approximately 35 feet in height, prior to impacting the field. The airplane came to rest with both main gear separated. The forward lower section of the engine nacelle and fuselage area was crushed in. The wood propeller was destroyed and the carburetor and fuel gascolator were separated, and the engine oil sump was breached.

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