Pilot Crashes during First Solo Flight – Video

On August 10, 2013, about 0927 central daylight time, a Brian Douglas BA-100 airplane, N27BD, conducted a forced landing near Killeen, Texas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed without a flight plan. The local flight originated from Skylark Field Airport (KILE) near Killeen, Texas, about 0925 local time.

According to the pilot’s statement and an on-board video, the engine experienced a partial loss of power after takeoff. While executing a crosswind turn, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot maneuvered to execute a forced landing into trees.

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