NTSB Identification: LAX85LA201.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28055.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 13, 1985 in LOWER LAKE, CA
Aircraft: SEDERBERG BENSEN B-8M, registration: N4544L
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

FOLLOWING A NORMAL TAKEOFF WITH THE FUEL TANK ONE-HALF FULL, THE ACFT CLIMBED TO 1000 FT AGL AT WHICH TIME ENGINE PWR WAS GRADUALLY LOST. A GRND WITNESS REPORTED HEARING THE ENG SPUTTER OR MISS. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT BUT HAD INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE AND THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A 50 TO 60 FT TALL TREE. THE REASON FOR THE LOSS OF ENG PWR IS UNKNOWN. THE PLT WAS THE BUILDER OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ACFT & HAD JUST REINSTALLED THE ENG PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


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