NTSB Identification: MKC87LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33650.
Accident occurred Monday, October 06, 1986 in ARAB, MO
Aircraft: STAHL-AMETER MONNETT SONERAI II, registration: N44KC
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 HAD CAPACITY FOR TEN GALLONS OF USABLE FUEL, AND THAT HE FLEW FOR LESS THAT AN HOUR BEFORE LANDING AT COLUMBIA, ILLINOIS. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE SIGHT GAUGES WERE NOT ACCURATE ON THE GROUND AND HE DID NOT VISUALLY CHECK THE TANKS SINCE HE THOUGHT HE HAD ENOUGH FUEL TO FLY TO POPLAR BLUFF, MISSOURI. THE ENGINE LOST POWER WHILE AT CRUISE 25NM SHORT OF HIS DESTINATION AIRPORT AND THE PILOT LANDED IN TREE TOPS AND NOSED INTO THE GROUND AFTER MANEUVERING TO A FORCED LANDING. POST-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION FOUND NO FUEL IN THE TANK, FUEL LINES, NOR FUEL STRAINER.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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