NTSB Identification: LAX00LA143.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 04, 2000 in PHOENIX, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/02/2002
Aircraft: Muxlow PITTS S-1C, registration: N27DM
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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After takeoff, about 2,500 feet, the pilot reduced engine power to climb power. The engine rpm decreased to idle and the pilot attempted to return to the airport. Unable to reach the runway, the airplane was force landed in rough terrain. During the landing roll the airplane nosed over. Subsequent examination of the airplane revealed about 15 gallons of fuel in the fuel tanks. The pilot discovered that the throttle linkage was still connected, however, the forced landing damaged the carburetor.

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Factors were the lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing and the rough/uneven terrain on which the airplane landed.

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