NTSB Identification: LAX85FA259.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28062.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 26, 1985 in MOORPARK, CA
Aircraft: GLOBE GC-1B, registration: N80970
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

ACFT CRASHED WHILE BEING MANEUVERED IN A CANYON. POST CRASH INSPECTION OF THE PROPELLER REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF ROTATION AT IMPACT. ONE-HALF GAL OF AUTOMOTIVE FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE LEFT WING TANK AND NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT WING TANK. SOME FUEL LINES WERE BROKEN AT THE CENTER WING AREA WHICH WOULD HAVE ALLOWED SOME LEAKAGE AFTER THE ACCIDENT, HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF EXTREME AMOUNTS OF FUEL SPILLAGE IN AND AROUND THE ACFT. THE ENGINE WAS RUN TO FULL POWER AFTER THE ACCIDENT WITH NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL FAILURE. THE ACFT'S FUEL VALVE WAS FOUND BETWEEN THE OFF AND ON POSITIONS, WHICH DID NOT ALLOW FUEL TO FLOW THROUGH IT, HOWEVER, THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF IMPACT DAMAGE TO THE VALVE. THE ACFT'S FUEL GAGE STILL READ ONE QUARTER FULL AFTER THE CRASH WITH NO FUEL IN THE ACFT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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