NTSB Identification: LAX89LA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37965.
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 1988 in KAWAIHAE, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: Univair TAYLORCRAFT BC12-D, registration: N5496V
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.

DURING A PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE PILOT INTENTIONALLY SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE AND WAS FLYING THE AIRPLANE SIMILAR TO A SAILPLANE. TO RESTART THE ENGINE, HE WOULD DIVE THE AIRPLANE TO ATTAIN ENOUGH SPEED TO WINDMILL THE PROP. JUST BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, HE ALLOWED THE AIRPLANE TO DESCEND TO AN ALTITUDE THAT WAS TOO LOW TO ATTAIN ENOUGH AIRSPEED FOR A RESTART. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PILOT MADE A FORCED LANDING AND THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH A TREE. NO PRE-ACCIDENT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE AIRPLANE WAS REPORTED.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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