NTSB Identification: ATL88LA248.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38116.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 06, 1988 in CALERA, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BL-65, registration: N24487
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 PLT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE LOST POWER DURING DESCENT. THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY CRASHED INTO A CORNFIELD AFTER CLEARING A ROW OF TREES, AS THE PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A FORCED LANDING. POST-CRASH EXAM OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT BOTH THE MAIN & AUX FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY. THE PLT STATED THAT HE HAD DEPARTED WITH AN ESTIMATED 4 GALLONS OF FUEL ONBOARD WHICH WAS ENOUGH FOR 1 TO 1 1/2 HRS OF FLT. THE TOTAL DURATION OF THE FLT WAS 35 TO 55 MINUTES BASED ON TIMES REPORTED BY THE PLT.

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:

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

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP

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