NTSB Identification: CHI98LA271.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 11, 1998 in LINCOLN, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: VOLLMERS SONERAI II L, registration: N317WM
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

The pilot said that the engine suffered a total loss of power and he initiated a forced landing to a dirt road. On approach to the road he realized that the landing would have a tailwind. He then attempted to turn the airplane more into the wind; however, he temporarily lost control. Coincident with his recovery of control of the airplane, the landing was made in a ditch. During the rollout, the airplane nosed over. A subsequent examination of the engine revealed a corroded wire in the electronic (automotive) ignition system of the amateur built airplane.

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

Loss of engine power due to a corroded ignition wire. Related factors were the tailwind, and ditch.

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