NTSB Identification: LAX07CA120.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 02, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/27/2007
Aircraft: Carpenter Lancair 320, registration: N320
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The airplane collided with a fence during a rejected takeoff following a partial loss of engine power. The pilot reported that after the airplane lifted off the ground, he retracted the landing gear. Just abeam the tower, he felt a "jolt/engine burp," and noted that he was about 100 feet above the ground. He reduced the power, but was not able to lower the landing gear prior to the airplane touching down on the remaining runway. The airplane slid down the runway, and came to a stop after impacting the airport perimeter fence. A Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness inspector examined the engine following the accident and noted that the number 2 fuel injection nozzle was clogged with unidentified debris that would crumble when touched. Inspection of the number 2 cylinder combustion chamber revealed a white coloration on the cylinder walls consistent with a lean fuel condition. No anomalies were noted with the remaining fuel injection nozzles and the other cylinders' combustion chambers.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: contamination of the number 2 fuel injector nozzle that lead to a partial loss of engine power. Full narrative available
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