Report: Kauai ultralight had recent fuel problems

Photo: Kauai County
Photo: Kauai County

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) – A preliminary report in the investigation of a fatal Kauai crash of a light sport aircraft says the motorized hang glider had been experiencing fuel problems.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Friday. It says the pilot recently had problems with the fuel system suctioning the fuel supply out of the main vent line.

The crash earlier this month killed pilot Gerry Charlebois and Mark McKenzie, a tourist from Ontario, Canada.

The NTSB says the main wreckage was consumed by fire but all major structural components were located within the wreckage debris area.

The Evolution Trikes Revo was registered to Birds in Paradise LLC, a company founded by Charlebois.

The NTSB recovered the wreckage and a camera for further investigation into the cause of the crash.

AP-WF-03-31-14 1817GMT

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