Preliminary Accident Reports

February 1999 Issue

Nov. 2, Alvin, Texas / Rutan Long-Eze

Approximately 16:30 CST, a Long-Eze homebuilt airplane was destroyed during a forced landing following a complete loss of engine power near Alvin, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured and the passenger was killed. The local flight originated at approximately 16:00 from Clover Airport near Houston. Local authorities reported that during the rescue operations, “the pilot stated that the engine had quit.” Witnesses approximately one mile from the accident site reported hearing a “sudden shut off of engine noise” as they observed the airplane. When the airplane did not return to the Clover Airport, pilots at the airport initiated the search and rescue. The airplane was located at 09:00 the fol...

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