NTSB Identification: ATL87LA137.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33834.
Accident occurred Friday, May 08, 1987 in MONROE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/02/1988
Aircraft: MOSS TIMOTHY C QUICKSILVER MX, registration: N53317
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 STUDENT PLT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE LOST POWER WHILE THE ULTRALIGHT-TYPE ACFT WAS ON FINAL APPROACH TO A MOWED FIELD OWNED BY HIM. THE ACFT SUBSEQUENTLY IMPACTED A TREE AT THE END OF THE FIELD AND FELL TO THE TERRAIN NOSE-DOWN. THE STUDENT PILOT NOTED THAT THE ACFT WAS FUELED WITH 93 OCTANE AUTOMOTIVE GAS MIXED WITH 2-CYCLE LUBE OIL, AND THAT THE FUEL WAS 6 MONTHS OLD. HE EXPRESSED THE OPINION THAT THE PWR LOSS MAY HAVE BEEN DUE TO THE AGE OF THE FUEL.

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

FLUID,FUEL..DETERIORATED

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

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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