NTSB Identification: NYC88LA150.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42998.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 1988 in COLTS NECK, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/16/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 305A, registration: N5202G
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 PLT REPORTED THAT SHORTLY AFTER PICKING UP THE BANNER TO BE TOWED, ENG RPM BEGAN TO DROP. HE SWITCHED TANKS AND DROPPED THE BANNER BUT ALTITUDE STILL COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED. A LANDING WAS SET UP AND THE FLAPS SET AT 45 DEGREES. TOUCHDOWN WAS IN A LAND FILL AND DURING LANDING ROLL OUT, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A 10' HIGH CHAIN LINK FENCE. AIRCRAFT HAD STC FOR AUTO FUEL AND AUTO FUEL WAS USED. TEMPERATURE WAS 92 DEGREES AND THE OPERATOR SAID THAT HE HAD EXPERIENCED VAPOR LOCK WITH SOME OF HIS OTHER AIRCRAFT THAT DAY.

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

LOSS OF POWER DUE OT VAPOR LOCK OF THE AIRCRAFT ENGINE AND AN OFF AIRPORT LANDING AND COLLISION WITH AN OBJECT.

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