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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 239799
Last updated: 16 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Registration: N2ZE
C/n / msn: 522
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County near Kelso, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:California City, CA (L71)
Destination airport:California City, CA (L71)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On August 9, 2020, at 0800 Pacific daylight time, a Page/Le Master, Vari-eze experimental airplane, N2ZE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Kelso Valley, California. The pilot sustained serious injury and the passenger sustained minor injury .The airplane was operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.
The pilot stated he departed California City Municipal Airport (L71),California City, California, with 16 gallons of fuel on board. About one hour after the departure, the pilot experienced a loss of engine power. He switched the fuel selector from the wings to the center tank and the engine regained power for 30 seconds before it lost power. The pilot manipulated the fuel selector from center tank to wing tanks and back to center tank only to experience an additional 20 seconds of regained engine power. After three failed attempts to restart the engine, the pilot decided to execute an emergency landing.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.




Revision history:

11-Aug-2020 01:23 Geno Added
11-Aug-2020 07:05 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
16-Sep-2020 08:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report]
16-Sep-2020 08:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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