NTSB Identification: ATL88FA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36041.
Accident occurred Monday, February 08, 1988 in YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N618DP
Injuries: 1 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.

THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING 'LOSS OF POWER' PROBLEMS AND THE PILOT AND MECHANIC WERE PERFORMING MAINTENANCE. THE PILOT HAD BEEN WORKING BY HIMSELF REPLACING THE CARBURETOR. THE MECHANIC HAD NOT INSPECTED THE WORK PERFORMED OR RETURNED THE AIRCRAFT TO AN AIRWORTHY STATUS. THE PILOT TOOK THE AIRCRAFT FOR A TEST FLIGHT AT NIGHT. THE ENGINE LOST POWER SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AND THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO FUEL IN THE CARBURETOR. THERE WAS, HOWEVER, FUEL THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM TO INCLUDE THE GASCOLATOR. THE ENGINE WAS TEST RUN SUCCESSFULLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT




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