NTSB Identification: CHI88LA116.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36179.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 21, 1988 in LA CROSSE, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/14/1989
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GCBC, registration: N9686S
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

APPROXIMATELY TWO MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF FROM AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPARK, THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A POWER LOSS AND WAS FORCED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AND COMPLETED A 90 DEGREE TURN TOWARDS AN OPEN FIELD. HOWEVER, THE INSTRUCTOR DECIDED THE FIELD WAS UNSUITABLE FOR LANDING AND EXECUTED ANOTHER 90 DEGREE TURN. THIS PLACED THE AIRCRAFT IN LINE WITH POWER LINES AND A ROW OF TREES. THE INSTRUCTOR, IN TRYING TO CLEAR THE TREES AND AVOID THE POWER LINES, STALLED THE AIRCRAFT AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. THE ENGINE EXAM DISCLOSED NO MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES. THE ENG WAS SATISFACTORALLY RUN AFTER THE ACCIDENT. THE OPERATOR WAS USING AUTO GAS. ACCORDING TO THE FAA THE CONDITIONS WERE CONDUCIVE FOR VAPOR LOCK.

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

POWERPLANT..DISABLED

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:

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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