NTSB Identification: LAX08LA271
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 20, 2008 in Reno, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/2009
Aircraft: Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20, registration: N51SF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

After installing a new carburetor on the airplane, a flight check was performed. No discrepancies were noted with the run-up or takeoff; however, on final approach, the engine lost power. The pilot had to maneuver the airplane away from the ILS during the forced landing on the desert floor. The tail section separated at the empennage, as well as propeller and leading edge damage to both wings. An inspection of the carburetor revealed that the center balance diaphragm (part number 366999) had ruptured, which allowed fuel into the air passages and forced the engine to lose power.

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

A ruptured center balance diaphragm that resulted in a loss of engine power during final approach and subsequent forced landing on a desert floor.

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