NTSB Identification: CHI86FER17.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33291.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 30, 1986 in RICE LAKE, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: EUGENE BOOS VARI-EZE, registration: N41EB
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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.

DURING CRUISE FLIGHT THE ENGINE OF THIS HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH. THE PILOT TURNED TOWARD AN AIRFIELD APPROXIMATELY 15 MILES AWAY, BUT WAS FORCED TO PERFORM A FORCED LANDING ABOUT 5 MILES SHORT OF THIS FIELD BECAUSE, FOLLOWING A LOUD METALLIC BANG, THE ENGINE STOPPED. A RESTART WAS IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE THE AIRCRAFT DOES NOT HAVE A STARTER. AN ENGINE EXAMINATION FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT REVEALED A LOOSE OIL FILLER CAP (WITH 1 QT OF OIL REMAINING IN THE ENGINE) AND NOTHING ELSE UNUSUAL. THE ENGINE COULD NOT BE TEST RUN DUE TO IMPACT DAMAGE. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A STEEL STORAGE TANK DURING LANDING.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)

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