NTSB Identification: SEA88LA161.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36614.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 23, 1988 in SHELTON, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/1989
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N8370H
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PILOT REPORTED A COMPLETE LOSS OF POWER IN CRUISE FLIGHT WHILE FERRYING AN AIRCRAFT TO ITS HOME BASE AFTER AN ANNUAL INSPECTION. THE PILOT LANDED IN A SMALL FIELD OF RYE CROP. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE SIZE OF THE FIELD PRECLUDED A NORMAL APPROACH. THE AIRCRAFT MADE A HARD LANDING INTO THE SMALL FIELD. THE POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE FUEL FITTING TO THE CARBURETOR BROKE IN FLIGHT. FUEL STAINS WERE FOUND ALONG THE LOWER PORTION OF THE FUSELAGE. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE CARBURETOR. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE FITTING HAD BEEN DEFORMED AT SOME PREVIOUS TIME. THE AIRCRAFT RECORDS SHOWED THAT THE FITTING HAD BEEN ADJUSTED DURING THE ANNUAL INSPECTION.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE FITTING..OVERTORQUE

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

MAINTENANCE,ADJUSTMENT..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE FITTING..LEAK

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE FITTING..PREVIOUS DAMAGE


Contributing Factors

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..RESTRICTED

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