NTSB Identification: FTW01LA110.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 28, 2001 in Crawford, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2001
Aircraft: Perlick Avid Commuter, registration: N142LP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The amateur-built experimental airplane had not been flown for a period of time. During the preflight, at the owner's direction, the old fuel was drained. Subsequently, nine gallons of fuel were put in the aircraft. No discrepancies were noted during the runup and pretakeoff taxi. During the takeoff/initial climb, when the pilot banked the airplane to the right the engine "stopped running." The airplane was 150-200 feet agl and there were a building and trees in the forced landing flight path. The pilot turned the airplane left for landing in a corn field; however, as he flared the airplane, he "felt a tremendous sink rate, then the impact." The airplane flipped to the inverted position. The aircraft owner reported that "air blocked the line to the header fuel tank."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the loss of engine power on takeoff initial climb due to fuel starvation as a result of an air blocked fuel line. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing. Full narrative available
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