NTSB Identification: MIA99FA246.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 04, 1999 in CEDAR KEY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Diamond Aircraft Industries DA20-A1, registration: N196DA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot did not ensure that the fuel valve was on nor did he activate the electric fuel boost pump before takeoff. The low fuel warning light illuminated on takeoff roll with sufficient runway remaining to abort the takeoff. The pilot elected to continue the takeoff. The airplane experienced a loss of engine power and a forced landing was initiated. The airplane collided with trees, and crashed while maneuvering to a forced landing area. The engine was removed and mounted in a test stand. The engine started immediately and sustained normal operations. The mechanical fuel pump functioned normally in all operating conditions. The low fuel warning light did not flicker or illuminate when using any combination of the mechanical or electric fuel pump. With the fuel valve turned to the off position the engine would run for about 2.4 minutes at full power before losing power.

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

The pilot's failure to follow the checklist (turn Fuel Valve-On, and activate electric fuel boost pump) and the pilot's decision to continue flight with a known unairworthy condition (illumination of low fuel pressure warning light on takeoff roll) with sufficient runway remaining to abort the takeoff. This resulted in a subsequent loss of engine power on initial takeoff climb, forced landing, and in-flight collision with trees and terrain.

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