NTSB Identification: ATL86LA188.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31440.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 06, 1986 in WELCH, WV
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N70824
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.
WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE PILOT HAD WORKED ON THE ENGINE CARBURETOR FOR SOME TIME AS WELL AS JUST BEFORE THE ACCIDENT TAKEOFF. AT ABOUT 200 FEET AFTER TAKEOFF FROM RWY 27 THE ENGINE QUIT AND THE PILOT MADE A LEFT TURN BACK TO THE RWY AND TRIED TO ALIGN THE ACFT WITH RWY 9. THE ACFT HIT THE GROUND BESIDE THE RWY AND CAME TO REST FACING NORTH. A FIRE ERUPTED AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED.FIRE DAMAGE PREVENTED DETERMINING IF THERE WAS A CARBURETOR MALFUNCTION. THE AIRPORT SITS ON A TABLETOP MOUNTAIN WITH STEEP SIDES AND IS SURROUNDED BY DENSE WOODS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:LEVEL OFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PROPER ALIGNMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
SPIRAL..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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