NTSB Identification: LAX87LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34479.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 04, 1986 in SAN DIEGO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: WACO YKS-7, registration: N50RA
Injuries: 3 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 ACFT DEPARTED MONTGOMERY AIRPORT AT ABT 0954 HOURS. SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTING THE AIRPORT THE ENGINE BEGAN TO CUT-IN AND OUT. THE PLT CONTACTED GILLESPIE AIRPORT TOWER AND REQUESTED TO EXECUTE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AND ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY THE ENGINE SUSTAINED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND ON A GOLF COURSE. DURING THE LANDING ROLL-OUT, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A SANDTRAP. THE POST ACCIDENT WRECKAGE EXAMINATION DSCLSD THAT THE FUEL TANKS CONTAINED LESS THAT 9 OUNCES OF FUEL. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE DID NOT VISUALLY CHECK THE FUEL TANKS DURING THE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION; HE NOTED THAT THE FUEL GAUGES INDICATED AMPLE FUEL FOR THE SHORT FLT TO BROWN FIELD, SAN DIEGO, CA. THE MASTER SWITCH WAS TURNED ON AT THE ACCIDENT SITE AND THE LEFT FUEL GAUGE INDICATED ABT 1/4 FULL; THE RIGHT FUEL GAUGE INDICATED ABT 1/2 FULL.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SAND BAR


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION

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