NTSB Identification: MIA97LA166.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 16, 1997 in HAINES CITY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/07/1998
Aircraft: Travis C. Elmore B2B/582, registration: N43CT
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
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The day before the accident flight the pilot added oil to the rotary valve reservoir and while doing so, inadvertently dropped the reservoir cap gasket. He searched for but was unable to locate the gasket and replaced it. The day of the accident he performed a preflight to the airplane using a homemade checklist which did not mention to check the choke for proper position. He checked the engine using the engine manufacturers checklist which only mentioned that the choke be checked for freedom of movement not proper position. He performed an engine run-up before departure with no discrepancies noted. After takeoff during the initial climb, the engine experienced a partial loss of power. During an emergency descent the airplane collided with trees. Post accident examination of the engine by the pilot revealed that the manual choke of the rear carburetor was activated.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilots inadvertent activation of the rear carburetor choke lever during routine engine maintenance the day before the accident. Contributing to the accident was the unsuitable terrain encountered during the forced landing and also failure of the engine manufacturer to include the preflight examination of the choke levers for proper position. Full narrative available
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