NTSB Identification: CHI94DCG01.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 21, 1994 in JOPLIN, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/1995
Aircraft: DAVIS TRI-Q 200, registration: N800Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

THE NON-CERTIFICATED PILOT HAD JUST PURCHASED THE HOMEBUILT AIRPLANE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE FLIGHT. THE AIRPLANE HAD NOT BEEN INSPECTED SINCE 1989, AND HAD A HISTORY OF ENGINE PROBLEMS. TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE SALE, THE SELLER ADVISED THE PILOT NOT TO FLY THE AIRPLANE BUT TO TRAILER IT HOME. THE SELLER ALSO DID NOT FEEL THE PILOT WAS QUALIFIED TO FLY. DURING TAXI TO THE FUELING RAMP, THE ENGINE WAS OBSERVED QUITTING TWICE. DURING FUELING, THE PILOT DID NOT KNOW HOW TO LOCATE THE SECOND TANK. DURING TAKEOFF, THE AIRPLANE WAS OBSERVED TO LOSE ALTITUDE, TURN BACK TOWARD THE FIELD, AND IMPACT THE GROUND. THE AIRPLANE WAS CONSUMED BY POST-CRASH FIRE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS, AND THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE. FACTORS WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE PILOT INTENTIONALLY OPERATING AN AIRPLANE WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES, HIS LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN THE AIRPLANE, AND HIS OVERCONFIDENCE.

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