NTSB Identification: SEA93LA192.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 05, 1993 in SALMON, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/01/1994
Aircraft: WESTHOLM VANS RV-6, registration: N16JL
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT TOOK OFF, CLIMBED TO ABOUT 50 FEET AGL, AND THE ENGINE QUIT. HE INITIATED A FORCED LANDING AND THE ACFT STRUCK A FENCE POST DURING GROUND ROLL. A POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED THE GASCOLATOR FUEL DRAIN WAS LOCKED IN THE OPEN POSITION.

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

THE INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION BY THE PIC IN HIS FAILURE TO CLOSE THE FUEL DRAIN VALVE. A FACTOR RELATING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE FENCE POST LOCATED IN THE LANDING AREA.

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