NTSB Identification: CHI86FEC01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31133.
Accident occurred Monday, March 31, 1986 in LESLIE, MI
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12-D, registration: N94903
Injuries: 2 Minor.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED DURING A FORCED LNDG FOLLOWING A LOSS OF POWER AFTER A LOW PASS OVER AN OFF ARPT INTENDED LANDING AREA. THE PLT WAS OVERFLYING A FIELD BELONGING TO A FRIEND IN PREPARATION FOR A POSSIBLE LANDING WHEN A LOUD CLUNK WAS HEARD FROM THE ENG FOLLOWED BY A LOSS OF POWER. A LANDING WAS MADE STRAIGHT AHEAD INTO A ROUGH SOD FIELD DURING WHICH THE LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED FOLLOWED BY WING & PROP DAMAGE. THE PLT & HIS WIFE RECEIVED MINOR HEAD INJURIES. THE ACFT WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION TO CONTAIN AUTOMOTIVE FUEL. THE ACFT DOES NOT HAVE AN STC FOR USE OF AUTOMOTIVE FUEL. LAP BELTS WERE INSTALLED IN THE ACFT BUT SHOULDER HARNESSES WERE NOT INSTALLED. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE LOWER SPARK PLUG IN #1 CYLINDER WAS MISSING.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IGNITION SYSTEM,SPARK PLUG..SEPARATION
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