An aircraft powered by a prototype Mistral rotary aircraft engine crashed after the engine lost power following takeoff from Palatka Municipal Airport, Florida. The Mistral test pilot, retired physician Stephen Roth of Deland, Florida, received minor injuries.
The aircraft is owned by Mistral and was used in 2004 for engine testing at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, but left that program in December. Mistral officials blamed the problem on an experimental exhaust system, and said the engine was performing normally.
The Piper Arrow was destroyed in the crash that occurred after Roth tried to return to the runway as power steadily declined.
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