NTSB Identification: CHI87LA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35919.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 06, 1987 in ST BONIFACIUS, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: AERONCA 15AC, registration: N1135H
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.

THE PLT HAD JUST PURCHASED THE ACFT & HAD OBTAINED A FERRY PERMIT TO FLY IT TO ANOTHER ARPT. HE REACHED THE VICINITY OF THE DESTN & CALLED THE TOWER, BUT DID NOT SEE THE ARPT. APRX 15 MIN LATER, WHEN HE WAS SURE HE HAD PASSED THE ARPT, HE MADE A 180 DEG TURN TO START BACK. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE ACFT RAN OUT OF FUEL. HE INITIATED AN EMERG LANDING ON A ROAD, BUT A TRACTOR WAS DRIVEN ONTO THE ROADWAY AHEAD, SO HE MANEUVERED TO LAND IN A FIELD. WITH VERY LITTLE ALT TO MANEUVER, HE SAW A POWER LINE AHEAD & TRIED TO CROSS UNDER IT. HOWEVER, THE TAIL OF THE ACFT CONTACTED THE LOWEST CABLE, THEN THE NOSE PITCHED DOWN & IMPACTED THE GROUND.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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