NTSB Identification: ATL99LA096.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 20, 1999 in ENTERPRISE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/23/2000
Aircraft: RUTAN VERI-EZE, registration: N80SH
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that he had forgotten to remove the fuel vent cover during his preflight inspection. Shortly after takeoff the engine lost power and the airplane collided with the ground during a forced landing. Damage consisted of the nose gear, propeller and vertical stabilizer. No mechanical problems with the airplane were reported by the pilot.

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

The pilot's failure to remove covers from the fuel tank vent which resulted in fuel starvation.

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