NTSB Identification: DEN99LA022.
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Accident occurred Monday, November 30, 1998 in CARRIZOZO, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/2000
Aircraft: Ryan NAVION A, registration: N2PE
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 was 'strong' during the takeoff roll. He said that shortly after liftoff the engine sputtered once, and then quit. He performed a forced landing, and the right main landing gear impacted plant roots during the landing roll. A member of the National Navion Association said that if a pilot attempts a takeoff with the fuel selector on one of the tip tanks, the engine will quit soon after takeoff. The POH directs the pilot to takeoff with the fuel selector on a main fuel tank. The fuel selector was found on the right main fuel tank. The pilot said that he was adjusting the mixture during the takeoff roll. No abnormalities were identified with the engine which would have prevented normal operation.

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

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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