NTSB Identification: NYC01LA015.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 15, 2000 in ERWINNA, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Moore STARDUSTER SA-300, registration: N3168
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that during the initial climb in his amateur built airplane, about 1/4 mile from the airport, the engine lost all power. The pilot performed a forced landing into trees. He further stated that the takeoff was conducted with the fuel selector in the 'ACRO' position, and that tank contained 12 gallons of fuel. Examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did reveal any discrepancies that would have caused a total power loss. The inspector observed fuel in the carburetor, and it appeared absent of contamination. He noted that the fuel selector was in the 'OFF' position, but emergency personnel stated that they moved the selector to the 'OFF' position. Subsequently, the pilot examined the engine and did not find any discrepancies. The pilot stated that the engine was originally manufactured in 1943. It was last overhauled in 1983, and had 99 hours of operation since the last overhaul.

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

A total loss of engine power during initial climb for undetermined reasons.

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