NTSB Identification: NYC85FNE02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32523.
Accident occurred Friday, August 02, 1985 in WATERBURY, CT
Aircraft: EARL F. FOLSOM SONERAI II, registration: N27EF
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 SONERAI II MADE AN OFF AIRPORT LANDING 3 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF. THE AIRCRAFT RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE AND THE SOLE OCCUPANT WAS UNINJURED. POST CRASH EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT SHOWED THE FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY. HOWEVER, THERE WAS FUEL IN THE GASCOLATOR TO THE CARBURATOR. WHEN THE ENGINE WAS ROTATED NO SPARK WAS OBSERVED FROM THE MAGNETOS. AFTER THE 'P' LEAD WAS REMOVED AND REINSTALLED, AND THE IGNITION SWITCH (MANUFACTURED FOR FARM TRACTORS) WAS CYCLED, SPARK WAS OBSERVED FROM THE MAGNETOS.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,IGNITION SWITCH..INOPERATIVE

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

FLUID,FUEL..LACK OF


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..SWITCHED OFF

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