On October 12, 2002, approximately 1200 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Gentry Vari-Eze, N24BG, registered to and operated by the private pilot as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, experienced a loss of engine power and subsequently collided with objects and the terrain near Shine, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was seriously injured. The flight departed from Auburn, Washington, at an unknown time and was en route to Port Townsend, Washington.

It was reported that the pilot was flying with a group of other aircraft when he radioed that he was having engine problems. During the forced landing on a rural residential road, the pilot took evasive action to avoid a collision with a vehicle that pulled out onto the road. The aircraft subsequently collided with objects near the road and nosed over, coming to rest inverted.

The wreckage was recovered to Arlington, Washington. On November 8, 2002, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration inspected the engine. The engine remained attached to the firewall. A fuel supply was added and the engine was started. The engine was found to run smooth. Power was increased to 1100 rpm. A magneto check was accomplished with no anomalies noted. Carburetor heat was applied and the engine continued to run smooth for about 5 minutes before it was shut down.

At the time of this writing, the pilot has not responded to the National Transportation Safety Board or completed the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report Form 6120.1/2.

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