NTSB Identification: CHI93LA333.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 21, 1993 in CUSTER PARK, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/30/1994
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12-D, registration: N5486M
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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THE AIRPLANE'S ENGINE LOST POWER AFTER CLIMBING APPROXIMATELY 150 FEET ABOVE TAKEOFF ALTITUDE. THE PILOT ELECTED TO SPIN TO A FIELD BENEATH THE AIRPLANE RATHER THAN COLLIDE WITH OBSTACLES ON RUNWAY HEADING. FOREIGN MATERIAL IDENTIFIED AS POLYSTYRENE OBSTRUCTED THE FUEL PASSAGE FROM THE FUSELAGE TANK TO THE CARBURETOR. THE SOURCE OF THE MATERIAL WAS NOT DETERMINED.

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

FUEL CONTAMINATION OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, THAT RESULTED IN FUEL SYSTEM BLOCKAGE AND FUEL STARVATION. A RELATED FACTOR WAS: HIGH OBSTRUCTIONS NEAR THE END OF THE RUNWAY.

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