NTSB Identification: NYC86FGM01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31344.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 19, 1986 in DORRSEYVILLE, PA
Aircraft: VERE EZE LONG EZE, registration: N40FP
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 HOMEBUILT ACFT COLLIDED WITH A DITCH DURING A FORCED LNDG SHORT OF THE RWY AFTER A POWER LOSS DURING A TEST FLT. THE PLT HAD NOTED SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT AND A LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE. AS HE RETURNED TO THE ARPT THE ENG BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH AND SURGE BEFORE QUITTING. DURING THE LNDG THE LNDG GEAR SEPARATED FROM THE ACFT. DURING ENG EXAM THE CRANKCASE BREATHER TUBE WAS KINKED AND THE OIL SUMP WAS EMPTY OF OIL. THE ENG TURNED FREELY WITH COMPRESSION ON ALL CYLINDERS. NO SIGN OF MECHANICAL FAILURE WAS NOTED. THE LOWER SECTION OF THE ENG WAS COVERED WITH OIL FROM OIL BEING PUMPED OVERBOARD THRU A SEPARATED CRANKCASE OIL SEAL.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL SEAL..SEPARATION

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

FLUID,OIL..LOSS,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH




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