NTSB Identification: SEA85FYM02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27501.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 19, 1985 in EUGENE, OR
Aircraft: RINGSDORF-MCCONNELL VARI-EZE, registration: N37993
Injuries: 3 Serious,3 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.

THE ACFT HAS A FUSELAGE FUEL TANK WHICH HOLDS ONLY TWO GALLONS AS WELL AS TWO WING FUEL TANKS. THE PILOT DEPARTED THE AIRPORT ON THE FUSELAGE TANK AND THE ENGINE CEASED OPERATING BEFORE HE REALIZED HE NEEDED TO CHANGE THE FUEL SELECTOR. AN UNSUCCESSFUL RESTART WAS ATTEMPTED FOLLOWED BY A FORCED LANDING STRAIGHT AHEAD INTO TREES.

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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