NTSB Identification: CHI93LA121.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 28, 1993 in LINCOLN, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1994
Aircraft: MANVILLE AVID FLYER, registration: N714J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot started on a cross-country flight with 18 gallons of fuel in the right tank, and 13 gallons of fuel in the left tank. This was the first time the airplane had been flown with fuel in the left tank. While en route, the pilot noticed that the right tank was almost empty, and the left tank had more fuel than he started with. The pilot attempted to make a precautionary landing at the Lincoln, Missouri, Airport, to troubleshoot the problem. When he made a left base-to-final turn he could not level the wings using full right aileron and rudder. The airplane made a 360 degree left turn. The pilot got the wings level at about 50 feet agl, and landed in a field next to the airport. He made an adjustment to the fuel vent system, and took off again. On takeoff the airplane started a hard left turn and crashed.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane, and his operation of an airplane with known defects.

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