NTSB Identification: ATL05LA126.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 09, 2005 in Cumming, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Ellsworth Sky Bolt, registration: N250SE
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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Witnesses stated that the airplane made a low pass over runway 13 between 30 to 50 feet. The airplane was observed to initiate a climb at mid field and an increase in engine power was heard. The airplane started a left bank and the engine sputtered and lost power on the cross wind turn. One witness stated it sounded as if the pilot was attempting to restart the airplane engine. The airplane leveled off, started descending very rapidly, disappeared from view behind a tree line, and collided with an embankment. Examination of the crash site revealed the main fuel tank was ruptured and fuel had leaked out of the fuel tank. The wing fuel tank was not ruptured and had a small amount of fuel present. The fuel selector valve was found in the off position. All personnel who responded to the accident site stated they did not move the fuel selector valve to the off position. The fuel selector valve was removed and verified it was in the off position. The fuel selector valve was manually operated with no anomalies noted. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, engine assembly and accessories revealed no anomalies. Toxicology findings were consistent with the pre-accident use of fluoxetine, a prescription antidepressant, and cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant. Neither medication was noted on the pilot's last application for a medical certificate.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper fuel management while maneuvering resulting in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Full narrative available
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