NTSB Identification: CHI89LA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37774.
Accident occurred Monday, October 24, 1988 in MORA, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: AERONCA 15AC, registration: N1162H
Injuries: 2 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.

AFTER SUSTAINING DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT FRONT FLOAT STRUT DURING A ROUGH WATER DEPARTURE FROM OCTOPUS LAKE IN CANADA, THE PILOT ANTICIPATED A DIFFICULT LANDING WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT AND/OR INJURY TO IT'S OCCUPANTS. BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE, THE PILOT STATED THAT HE ELECTED TO TRY TO LAND ON A LAKE NEAR HIS HOME, RATHER THAN LAND IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA TO CLEAR CUSTOMS AND REFUEL, AS HE HAD ORIGINALLY INTENDED. THIS WAS BEYOND HIS FUEL RANGE, AND, APPROXIMATELY 8 MILES FROM THIS DESTINATION THE ENGINE FAILED DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PILOT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD. AS THE AIRCRAFT APPROACHED THE FIELD, THE LEFT WING AND FLOAT STRUCK SOME TREES, THEN IMPACTED THE GROUND AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER.

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,FLOAT ASSEMBLY..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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