NTSB Identification: CHI87LA182.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33997.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 02, 1987 in VERMILLION LAKE, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1988
Aircraft: PIPER J3, registration: N6562H
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RETURN TO LAND AFTER THE LOSS OF POWER, THE RIGHT WING TIP HIT THE WATER AND THE AIRCRAFT FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN INTO THE LAKE. ACCORDING TO A MECHANIC WHO INSPECTED THE AIRCRAFT AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE COILS AND CONDENSERS ON BOTH MAGNETOS WERE VERY WEAK AND THE ENGINE COULD NOT PRODUCE ENOUGH POWER TO SUSTAIN FLIGHT.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER

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