NTSB Identification: CHI96FA034.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 17, 1995 in STAFFORD, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/1996
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N93726
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Witnesses reported that the electrical power to the Stafford area went out at 1802 CST. The airplane was reported to be burning in a field 1/2 mile south of the approach end of runway 35 at Stafford Airport. Two transmission wires were severed and lying near the airplane. A third wire was struck but had not broken. A two foot piece of transmission wire had been twisted into a curlicue shape and was found at the first impact site. The propeller had chordwise impact marks. The controls and engine exhibited continuity. The twin tail vertical stabilizers had 3/4 inch impact marks at the same location on their leading edges. The severed transmission wires were 35 feet in height. The last time the pilot had logged night time was 21 months earlier.

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

the pilot misjudged his distance and altitude and flew into transmission wires. A factor was the pilot's lack of recent night flying experience.

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