NTSB Identification: MKC88LA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38235.
Accident occurred Monday, May 23, 1988 in MARSHALLTOWN, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: MCCURRY TAYLOR MONOPLANE, registration: N4256B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD INTENTIONALLY SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE-- SO AS TO ATTEMPT A POWER OFF 'DEADSTICK' LANDING. AS HE WAS DESCENDING, THE PILOT CHANGED HIS PLANS AND DECIDED TO RESTART THE ENGINE--BUT THE ENGINE WOULD NOT START. WHILE ATTEMPTING THE RE-START, THE WINDS ALOFT CARRIED THE AIRPLANE AWAY FROM THE AIRPORT. THE PILOT DID NOT COMPENSATE FOR THE WINDS AND CRASH LANDED IN A DITCH, JUST SHORT OF THE AIRPORT. A POST-CRASH INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO PRE-EXISTING MECHANCIAL DISCREPANCIES.

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


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COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


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FUEL SYSTEM..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PLANNED APPROACH..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM..SWITCHED OFF



Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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