NTSB Identification: BFO88LA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36194.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 1988 in WINDSOR, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCAA, registration: N31253
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.

WHILE ON LONG FINAL AFTER A GLIDER TOW FLIGHT THE ENG LOST POWER. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN AN OPEN FIELD AND WHEN THE PLT APPLIED BRAKES, THE ACFT NOSED OVER. POST ACCIDENT EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED 1 GALLON OF FUEL REMAINED. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE INITIATED THE FLT WITH 3 GALLONS OF FUEL ON BOARD. THE ACFT OPERATOR STATED IT WAS STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR THE TOW ACFT TO TAKEOFF WITH THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF FUEL ON BOARD TO COMPLETE THE FLIGHT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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