NTSB Identification: CHI83LA077.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20241.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 09, 1983 in YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Aircraft: RUTAN VARIEZE, registration: N441EZ
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.

THE PILOT TOOK OFF WITH MINIMUM FUEL TO PRACTICE TOUCH AND GO LANDINGS. AFTER 20 MINUTES OF FLIGHT HE TURNED ON FINAL APPROACH AND ADVANCED THE THROTTLE WITH NO POWER RESPONSE. DUE TO LOW ALTITUDE AND A WOODED AREA ON FINAL HE ATTEMPTED A RIGHT TURN TO LAND ON A FREEWAY, TOUCHED DOWN SHORT AND COLLIDED WITH A FENCE. THE EARLY MODELS OF VARIEZE AIRCRAFT ARE SUBJECT TO UNPORTING THE FUEL TANK LINE WHEN OPERATING WITH MINUMUM FUEL. LATER MODELS HAVE A TANK SUMP TO CORRECT THIS CONDITION.

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

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

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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