NTSB Identification: CHI95LA111.
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Accident occurred Monday, March 27, 1995 in SALINA, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1995
Aircraft: BAKER LONG EZE, registration: N3223P
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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THE PILOT REPORTED HE FILLED BOTH FUEL TANKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. HE WAS CRUISING AT 800 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER. HE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS AND TURNED THE ELECTRIC FUEL BOOST PUMP ON. THE ENGINE STOPPED WINDMILLING. HE LOWERED THE NOSE GEAR AND ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENGINE WITH THE STARTER TO NO AVAIL. THE PILOT INITIATED A FORCED LANDING TO A GRAVEL ROAD BUT HAD INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE. HE LANDED SHORT OF THE ROAD IN A SOFT FIELD. THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER. INSPECTION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THE DIAPHRAGM IN THE ENGINE DRIVEN FUEL PUMP WAS CRACKED. NO OTHER EVIDENCE OF A PRE-EXISTING MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

failure of the engine driven fuel pump. Factors associated with the accident were fuel starvation, insufficient altitude and soft terrain.

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