NTSB Identification: NYC96LA130.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 14, 1996 in ELBRIDGE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Stinson 108-1, registration: N8073K
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.

The pilot/owner departed from a private strip to fly the airplane to another airport to have the annual inspection performed. After takeoff, about 150 feet above the ground, the engine lost power. The pilot performed a forced landing to a hay field, and the airplane nosed over after touchdown. Examination of the wreckage revealed no preimpact failure of the engine or airframe. This was the first flight of the airplane in about 8 months. During storage, the hangar collapsed on the airplane, and tore and dented the fuel tanks, broke the windshield above the co-pilot's head, tore a large hole in the skin above the co-pilot area, and caused multiple dents on the top of the wings. The airplane's annual inspection was overdue, and the airplane had not been inspected or approved for the flight. The pilot had drained some fuel from the tanks and replaced it with auto fuel, which was not approved for use in the airplane.

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

The pilot's improper decision to use auto fuel and to fly the airplane when it was in need of major repairs and overdue its annual inspection.

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