Accident Stits Flut-r-bug SA6B N3129,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 287207
 
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Date:Wednesday 14 January 2009
Time:14:25 LT
Type:Stits Flut-r-bug SA6B
Owner/operator:
Registration: N3129
MSN: 99583
Total airframe hrs:1418 hours
Engine model:Teledyne Continental C-85
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Los Olivos, California -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Los Olivos, CA
Destination airport:Santa Ynez Airport, CA (SQA/KIZA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
During a local area flight, the experimental airplane's engine began sputtering. The pilot attempted to rectify the situation by changing fuel tanks, applying carburetor heat, and checking the magnetos. His actions were unsuccessful, and all power was lost. The pilot made a forced landing on a public road. Thereafter, the pilot consulted with a mechanic at his home base airport that was located about 7 miles from the forced landing site. The pilot opined that vapor lock was a likely cause for his loss of engine power. In preparation for takeoff from the road, the pilot performed an engine run-up. The engine appeared to operate normally, and the pilot proceeded to takeoff. Seconds after becoming airborne and gaining at most 50 feet of altitude, the engine again started sputtering. The road curved away from the pilot's flight path, and the pilot opted to descend into trees. The airplane was subsequently recovered and was examined under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supervision. The FAA coordinator reported that no external evidence of a preimpact engine malfunction or anomaly was noted. The engine lost power for undetermined reasons.

Probable Cause: A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's improper decision to depart from a road with a known unresolved engine problem.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR09LA082
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB WPR09LA082

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