NTSB Identification: LAX86LA104.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30288.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 02, 1986 in JULIAN, CA
Aircraft: PITTS S-1, registration: N7JB
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.

A PITTS S-1 NOSED OVER ON LANDING ROLL IN ROUGH TERRAIN AFTER AN ENGINE FAILURE. THE PLT INDICATED DUE TO FAULTY AND POOR WX BRIEFINGS THE FLIGHT WAS DETOURED FROM THE PRIMARY AND ALTERNATE ROUTES AND THE AIRCRAFT RAN OUT OF FUEL. THE PLT HAD CONTACTED FSS ON TWO OCCASIONS REQUESTING WX FOR HIS DESTINATION. BOTH TIMES THE WX WAS GIVEN AS 3000 FT OVC AND 15 MI VISIBILITY. THE PLT'S ROUTE REQUIRED NAVIGATION THROUGH THE COASTAL RANGE MTS. THE PEAKS OF WHICH RISE BETWEEN 5000 AND 6000 FT MSL WITH PASSES AT 3000 FT MSL. THE FLD ELEV OF THE WX REPORTING STATION WAS 385 FEET. THE REPORTED WX CONDITIONS PLACED THE BASE OF THE CEILING AT APPROXIMATELY 100 TO 200 FT IN THE PASSES.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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

IN-FLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPROPER DECISION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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