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NTSB Final Report: Aeronca Champ Crash Report Released

A final report regarding the fatal spin of an Aeronca Champ in September 2022 has been released, with suspicion given to carb ice during the initial climbout. The crash killed both the pilot and passenger-pilot not long after departure, when the 7AC Champion they were flying crashed into the ground 500 feet from the runway threshold. Bystanders said the aircraft had been climbing at a steep angle before entering a descending left turn. Given the conditions at the time, the NTSB believes it’s most likely that the aircraft had been afflicted by carburetor icing, leading to a stall and spin upon climbout.

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