NTSB Identification: FTW90LA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39535.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 27, 1989 in STEPHENVILLE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/1992
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N1691N
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.

THE AIRPLANE HAD BEEN LANDED IN A SMALL FIELD BY ANOTHER PILOT AFTER THE ENGINE LOST POWER. REPAIRS WERE MADE AND THIS PILOT VOLUNTEERED TO FLY THE AIRPLANE OUT OF THE SMALL FIELD. THE FIELD WAS BETWEEN TWO FENCES. ROUGHLY 900 FEET WAS AVAILABLE AND PART OF IT WAS CLEARED OF TALL WEEDS. THE PILOT SAID HE ATTEMPTED A FULL POWER, SHORT FIELD TAKEOFF; HOWEVER, THE MAIN GEAR HIT THE TOP WIRE OF A FENCE. THE WIRE BROKE FREE OF THE FENCE AND STRUCK THE FUSELAGE AND RUDDER. THE AIRPLANE BECAME DIFFICULT TO CONTROL IN ROLL, AND STARTED TO LOSE ALTITUDE. THE PILOT REDUCED POWER AND THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED THE GROUND, LEFT WING AND LEFT GEAR FIRST.

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

IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT.

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