NTSB Identification: DEN02LA012.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 16, 2001 in Montrose, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/2003
Aircraft: Cessna T210N, registration: N210GB
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot said that he departed on runway 31 at approximately 1415, and the takeoff seemed normal. He said that at approximately 1,500 feet above ground level he reduced the throttle for cruise, reduced the propeller control, and adjusted his fuel mixture. He noticed the manifold pressure rapidly dropped to approximately 15 inches of mercury pressure. He switched fuel tanks and turned on the auxiliary fuel pump, believing that there was a vapor lock in the fuel line. The engine lost power, and the propeller continued to windmill. He pressed the boost pump switch and pulled the throttle out about an inch. The engine still did not restart, so he performed a forced landing to a field. During the landing attempt, the airplane was substantially damaged, and subsequently consumed by fire. Postaccident investigation of the airframe and the engine revealed no anomalies which might have affected the airplane's performance before the accident. Eight spark plugs were found black and sooty, and four were found wet. A witness, who observed the takeoff, said that the airplane trailed dark smoke during its takeoff roll and climb out.

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

the loss of engine power during initial climb for undetermined reason. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing.

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