NTSB Identification: ATL04LA100.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 24, 2004 in Fort Pierce, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/28/2004
Aircraft: Alon A2, registration: N5674F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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According to the pilot the airplane lost engine power shortly after takeoff. Efforts by the pilot to restart the engine were unsuccessful. During the forced landing, the airplane collided with trees in an orange grove. Examination of the downed airplane revealed that the ribs of the right wing were bent, and the fuselage was buckled. Further examination revealed the lower gasket on the glass gascolator bowl was not aligned. The examination also disclosed that the glass gascolator bowl was dry and cracked. The maintenance performed on the airplane was an annual inspection which was completed 20 hours before the accident flight on October 23, 2003.

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

The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation resulting from a crack in the gascolator bowl.

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