NTSB Identification: MKC87LA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36257.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 26, 1987 in ORLEANS, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1989
Aircraft: JENKINS PITTS S-1, registration: N4365
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 PILOT STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS CRUISING AT 2,000 FT (AGL) WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER. HE TURNED TOWARD THE NEAREST SUITABLE EMERGENCY AIRFIELD BUT THE AIRCRAFT'S RATE OF DESCENT PRECLUDED THIS OPTION. THE PILOT SELECTED A ROAD AS ALTERNATE, BUT VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD FORCED HIM TO ATTEMPT AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A CULTIVATED ALFALFA FIELD. THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER AFTER IMPACT WITH THE TERRAIN. AN EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM AND POWERPLANT BY TWO FAA INSPECTORS REVEALED THAT A CONNECTING BOLT WAS MISSING FROM THE CARBURETOR THROTTLE CONTROL CABLE. OPERATION OF THE CARBURETOR THROTTLE LEVER AND BUTTERFLY WERE BENCH-CHECKED SATISFACTORILY. THE MISSING BOLT COULD NOT BE FOUND.

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

THROTTLE/POWER LEVER,LINKAGE..MISSING

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..DISCONNECTED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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