NTSB Identification: CHI96LA208.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 20, 1996 in WICHITA, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Aerotechnik L-13, registration: N21400
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

In his written statement, the pilot of a motor glider reported that he climbed to 4,500 feet man sea level, shut down the engine, and soared for 15 minutes. When he attempted to restart the engine, the 'battery did not have enough power to operate the starter.' He landed in a field three miles east of the destination airport. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector who examined the wreckage reported that the motor glider was substantially damaged when it hit ditches.

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

the pilot's inadequate in-flight planning. Factors were the insufficient altitude and the dead battery.

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