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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36876
Last updated: 6 February 2020
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Date:13-JUN-1993
Time:09:27
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N222EG
C/n / msn: 914
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Olathe,, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Jonesboro, AR (JBR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
WITNESSES DESCRIBED SEEING THE AMATEUR BUILT AIRPLANE MAKE A NORMAL TAKEOFF AND INITIAL CLIMB. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THEY STATED THAT THE ENGINE NOISE INCREASED TO AN EXTREMELY HIGH RPM AND THEN STOPPED ALTOGETHER. THE PILOT MADE A STEEP, DESCENDING TURN AFTER THE ENGINE STOPPED AND THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN. POSTACCIDENT INSPECTION DISCLOSED A SHATTERED PROPELLER WHICH WAS RECOVERED SOME DISTANCE FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE, AND A MISSING FUEL CAP FROM THE RIGHT WING TANK. THE FUEL CAP WAS FOUND LATER IN THE INVESTIGATION WELL AWAY FROM THE CRASH SITE AND WAS HEAVILY ABRADED. THE FUEL CAP WAS UNLATCHED AND WAS NOT SECURED TO THE TANK WITH A SAFETY CHAIN. THE FUEL TANK IS LOCATED AHEAD OF, AND IN LINE WITH, THE PUSHER ENGINE AND PROPELLER ASSEMBLY. CAUSE: the pilot's failure to secure a fuel cap during the preflight inspection of the airplane, and the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the emergency landing. Factors associated with the accident are the unsecured fuel cap and the foreign object (fuel cap) damage to the propeller blades.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X12544


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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