NTSB Identification: MIA97LA035.
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Accident occurred Friday, December 06, 1996 in SEMINOLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Hoster/Volmer VJ22 (SPORTSMAN), registration: N2921
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

After takeoff and while circling the departure lake, the engine lost power as the pilot was adjusting the fuel/air ratio. He pushed the mixture control to full rich and applied the emergency procedures, but engine power was not restored. He initiated a descent for a forced landing on the lake, but was unable to clear a bridge, so he maneuvered the airplane for a landing on a canal. While descending, the right sponson collided with a tree. The airplane then crashed into the canal coming to rest upright. After the accident, the engine was started, and it operated normally. Further examination by the pilot/owner revealed blockage of the fuel tank outlet screen. The pilot further stated that the fuel tank had been reinstalled in May 1996, after being out of the airplane for 20 years. Also, he said he had previously noticed similar contaminant in the gascolator screen.

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

inadequate maintenance/inspection of the airplane by the pilot/owner, and fuel contamination that resulted in fuel starvation.

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