NTSB Identification: ATL88DMG03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35816.
Accident occurred Monday, February 29, 1988 in ADVANCE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: THORP T-18, registration: N1369
Injuries: 1 Minor.

THE PLT OWNER OF THE AMATEUR BUILT AIRCRAFT INDICATED THAT HE HAD SPENT THE EVENING WORKING ON AN ENGINE OIL PRESSURE PROBLEM. HE WAS HURRYING TO GET READY TO FLY BEFORE DARK. AFTER A SHORT FLIGHT, HE LANDED TO MAKE A TELEPHONE CALL. THEN MADE ANOTHER STOP ENROUTE BACK TO HIS HOME AIRPORT. ABOUT HALF WAY HOME THE ENGINE LOST POWER. HIS ALTITUDE WAS TOO LOW TO PERMIT LANDING ON THE FIELD OF ORIGINAL CHOICE. THE SECONDARY FIELD HAD POWER LINES ADJACENT WHICH THE PILOT DID NOT SEE PRIOR TO COLLIDING WITH THEM. THE AIRCRAFT THEN COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL SYSTEM AT THE ACC. SITE.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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