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N81633 accident description

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Crash location 19.716667°N, 155.050000°W
Nearest city Hilo, HI
19.729722°N, 155.090000°W
2.8 miles away
Tail number N81633
Accident date 18 Jan 2009
Aircraft type Mulec Frank A FP-404
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, during cruise flight in his experimental, amateur built airplane, the Hummel 2180 cc engine suddenly lost all power and the propeller stopped rotating. The pilot attempted to restart the engine by diving the airplane, but he was not successful. The pilot made a forced landing in a clearing near a drag strip. The airplane touched down hard and during roll out, collided with two chain link fences, breaking the biplane's left wings. During the subsequent examination of the airplane, the pilot reported observing a clogged main line fuel filter.

NTSB Probable Cause

A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of a clogged fuel filter.

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