NTSB Identification: LAX02LA223.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 13, 2002 in Tucson, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/2004
Aircraft: Steen SE-1, registration: N2018S
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The experimental amateur-built airplane impacted trees and terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during takeoff. The private pilot was attempting his third flight test after obtaining a Special Airworthiness Certificate for the airplane. The engine had a history of oil temperature and oil pressure problems that the owner was attempting to fix. After departure, the pilot radioed tower personnel that he had an engine problem and was going to attempt to land on the highway. A post crash fire consumed the airplane. No maintenance records for the airplane were found, no records for the pilot were provided, and the cause of the engine problem could not be determined.

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

the loss of engine power during takeoff for undetermined reasons.

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