NTSB Identification: CHI88DEM02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36131.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 05, 1988 in LOWELL, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: GALLOWAY XTC, registration: N3969C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT OF THE HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT WAS ATTEMPTING TO PERFORM SOME 'PATTERN FLIGHTS' WHEN, AFTER TURNING ON TO THE BASE LEG OF THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, THE ENGINE SEIZED. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO 'DEAD STICK' THE AIRCRAFT TO THE RUNWAY, BUT ALTITUDE AND AIRSPEED WERE NOT SUFFICIENT ENOUGH FOR THE AIRCRAFT TO REACH THE RUNWAY. SUBSEQUENTLY THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH SOME TREES APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. INVESTIGATION REVEALED A BURNED BEARING WHICH HAD ROTATED IN THE CRANKCASE.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,BEARING..BURNED


Contributing Factors

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,BEARING..SEIZED

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