NTSB Identification: CHI85LA115.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27518.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 19, 1985 in HASTINGS, MI
Aircraft: MASSELINK XTC, registration: N5272M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT LOST POWER SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF ON ITS MAIDEN FLT AT 600 FT AGL. THE PLT TURNED FOR HOME BUT WAS FORCED TO LAND IN TREES SHORT OF THE ARPT. INSPECTION OF THE HOME-BUILT ACFT, BUILT BY THE PLT, REVEALED THAT THE CHOKE CABLE HAD SLIPPED OUT OF POSITION WHICH CAUSED AN EXCESSIVELY RICH MIXTURE IN THE CARB THAT RESTRICTED AIRFLOW AND COMBUSTION.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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