NTSB Identification: LAX87LA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33197.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 18, 1987 in REDLANDS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA1C, registration: N9545U
Injuries: 2 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.

DURING AN INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT, THE PLT STATED THAT THE ESTIMATED FUEL CAPACITY IN THE ACFT WAS APRX 12 GALS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. THE PLT TOOK-OFF ON THE RIGHT FUEL TANK AND FLEW IN THE LOCAL AREA FOR APRX 15 MINUTES THEN RETURNED TO THE ARPT FOR TOUCH-AND-GO LANDINGS. ON THE THIRD TAKE-OFF, ASCENDING THROUGH 500 FT AGL, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PLT SWITCHED FUEL TANKS AND TURNED BACK TOWARD THE AIRPORT. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE RWY AND COLLIDED WITH AN INCLINED MOUND. THE ACFT AT THIS TIME STARTED TO DEVELOP POWER AND BECAME AIRBORNE. THE ACFT THEN COLLIDED WITH THE TOP OF A FENCE AND NUMEROUS TREES AND FINALLY CAME TO REST IN A DITCH. INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE DID NOT REVEAL SIGNS OF MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING


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