NTSB Identification: SEA03LA007.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 05, 2002 in Bozeman, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Riddell (Lancair) IV-P, registration: N41RJ
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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The 848 hour pilot/owner of the kit built Riddell/Lancair IV-P was on a 3-4 mile final to runway 30 when the engine lost power. Witnesses reported observing the aircraft approximately 200-500 feet above ground when it executed a steep right turn; pitched nose up and then rolled left ultimately impacting the ground at a steep angle and exploding. Post-crash examination revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunction.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of power for undetermined reason(s) and the pilot's failure to maintain the aircraft's flying speed above the power off stall speed in the landing configuration. Full narrative available
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