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N495C accident description

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Crash location Unknown
Nearest city Tecumseh, MI
42.022821°N, 83.950775°W
Tail number N495C
Accident date 02 Apr 2001
Aircraft type Meyers 200A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On April 2, 2001, about 0840 eastern daylight time, a Meyers 200A, N495C, piloted by a private pilot, sustained substantial damage on impact with trees and terrain during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power on initial climb out from Meyers-Diver's Airport, near Tecumseh, Michigan. A post impact fire occurred. The personal flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot reported no injuries. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated, "I had just completed an annual inspection on it. On Friday I had taxied the airplane around [and] done a full power run up[.] I then removed the cowling to check things over. Everything seemed OK. On Monday morning I drained the sumps did a full power run up and proceeded to take off on runway 36 for a local check flight. Everything seemed normal until just after I rotated and cycled the landing gear. A few seconds later I lost power. I switched on the boost pump not normally used for take off, to no avail. The stall warning horn activated and I came down in the trees off the north end of the airport. I had a fire originating from the fuel line to the distrabution valve on top of the engine. I exited the aircraft unhurt but neglected to turn off the master switch or the boost pump which was feeding the fire. After evaluating the situation for safety I reentered the aircraft and turned off the master switch. We were then able to put out the fire which was isolated to the top of the engine compartment. It seems like I lost fuel pressure from the line at the distrabution valve which did not come off but was leaking. This caused the engine to quit."

NTSB Probable Cause

The fuel starvation. Factors were the loose line at the distribution valve, the inadequate annual inspection the owner/pilot mechanic performed, the unsuitable terrain the pilot encountered during the emergency landing after takeoff, and the trees.

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