Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2008 Issue

February 1, 2008, Murrieta/Temecu, Calif., Zodiac 601XL Experimental

The airplane was substantially damaged when it experienced a loss of engine power on takeoff at 1116 Pacific and came to rest nose-down in an open field following an emergency landing adjacent. The pilot and sole occupant was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot subsequently reported a normal pre-flight inspection and takeoff until reaching about 200 feet agl when the engine lost power and quit. The pilot stated he activated the auxiliary fuel pump and tried unsuccessfully to restart the engine.

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