NTSB Identification: FTW88FA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35706.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 17, 1988 in POWDERLY, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1989
Aircraft: GLOBE GC-1B, registration: N78143
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 AIRPLANE HAD NOT BEEN FLOWN FOR MORE THAN SEVEN MONTHS. IT DID NOT HAVE A CURRENT ANNUAL INSPECTION. WITNESSES SAID THE PILOT RAN THE ENGINE AND IT RAN ROUGH. THEN HE WASHED THE AIRPLANE, THEN REFUELED, DRAINED THE SUMPS AND RAN THE ENGINE AGAIN AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPORT MANAGER SAID HE THOUGHT THE PILOT WAS ONLY GOING TO MAKE A HIGH SPEED TAXI BECAUSE THE ENGINE WAS RUNNING SO BAD. THE AIRPLANE LIFTED OFF BUT DID NOT CLIMB. IT HIT A TREE, THEN A HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE, THEN THE TERRAIN AND A PORCH OF A HOUSE AND STARTED BURNING. SOME SPARK PLUGS WERE DIRTY AND WATER WAS FOUND IN THE CARBURETOR FLOAT CHAMBER. THE PLASTIC CARBURETOR FLOAT WAS CRACKED OPEN.

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

FLUID,FUEL..WATER

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

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORT..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR FLOAT..DETERIORATED

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