NTSB Identification: FTW89DQA01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38501.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 26, 1989 in EL PASO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/1991
Aircraft: Intermountain Mfg. (IMCO) CALLAIR A-9B, registration: N375MC
Injuries: 1 Minor.

ACFT EXPERIENCED AN ENG FAILURE DURING A LOW PASS OVER THE AIRPORT TO DROP A GLIDER TOW ROPE. THE ACFT SUBSEQUENTLY STALLED AND IMPACTED THE GROUND AFTER THE PLT FAILED TO PROPERLY SET UP THE ACFT FOR A FORCED LANDING. INVESTIGATION REVEALED ABOUT 5 GALLONS OF FUEL IN THE RT TANK AND ZERO IN THE LEFT. THE RIGHT TANK WAS SELECTED WHEN THE ACFT WAS INSPECTED. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN EITHER THE FLOW DIVIDER OR THE LINES.

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

ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO SELECT THE FULLEST TANKS AND, FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE FLYING SPEED.

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