NTSB Identification: ATL88FA200.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37372.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 22, 1988 in MYRTLEWOOD, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1989
Aircraft: Globe GC-1B, registration: N780GM
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 PILOT WAS CONDUCTING A VFR FLIGHT AT 6500 FEET WHEN HE EXPERIENCED A COMPLETE ENGINE FAILURE. THE FLIGHT HAD BEEN NORMAL FOR APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR. THE AIRPLANE CRASHED IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE BETWEEN TREES IN A WOODED AREA. THE IMPACT WAS COMMENSURATE WITH A STALL ATTITUDE. THE INVESTIGATION FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY MECHANICAL PROBLEM. THE EVIDENCE INDICATED THAT THE PILOT WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE AUX FUEL SYSTEM THAT HAD BEEN INSTALLED BEFORE THE ACCIDENT FLT. THE 11 GALLON AUX FUEL TANK HAD ABOUT A 30 MIN ENDURANCE. THE UNUSED FUEL IS RETURNED TO THE MAIN FUEL TANK WHEN THE AUX FUEL SYSTEM IS USED. THE PILOT HAD SWITCHED TO THE AUX TANK ABOUT 30 MIN PRIOR TO THE CRASH.

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:

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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