NTSB Identification: LAX88LA293.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37756.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 21, 1988 in GRASS VALLEY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: AERONCA 0-58B, registration: N56740
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 ENROUTE, THE ENGINE SPUTTERED THEN QUIT. THE PILOT INITIATED A FORCED LANDING TO A PLATEAU DIRECTLY BELOW. WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH THE AIRPLANE FLEW THROUGH A DOWNDRAFT. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO LAND THE AIRPLANE ON THE PLATEAU, INSTEAD IT COLLIDED WITH THE TREES PRIOR TO THE PLATEAU. INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE AFTER THE ACCIDENT REVEALED THAT BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE EXHAUSTED OF FUEL. THE FLT TIME WAS 30 MINUTES.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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