“This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed,” the Federal Aviation Administration said.
“On Aug. 21, 2012, approximately 1800 central daylight time, a Thorp T-18 experimental amateur-built airplane, N2443, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain during an attempted takeoff from Gilmer Municipal Airport (JXI), Gilmer, Texas.
“The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries, and the pilot-rated passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to McClendon Associates, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.
“Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight had originated from Denton, Texas, earlier that day.
“The pilot/owner of the plane was in Gilmer picking up his passenger, also a professional pilot, who was in Gilmer to attend the funeral of a family member.
“According to local authorities, the airplane experienced a loss of engine power during the takeoff. The pilot executed a forced landing and the airplane impacted terrain.”