NTSB Identification: CHI85LA305.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29756.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 21, 1985 in ACME, MI
Aircraft: KAUFFMAN BD4, registration: N115PK
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.

THE PLT WAS ON THE SECOND FLT OF NEWLY CERTIFICATED ACFT AND HAD BEEN AIRBORNE APRX 10 MINUTES WHEN A TOTAL LOSS OF PWR WAS EXPERIENCED. UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE ARPT THE PLT LANDED THE ACFT IN AN OPEN FLD. DURING THE LANDING ROLL THE ACFT STRUCK A ROAD EMBANKMENT SEPARATING THE ENG AND GEAR FROM THE AIRFRAME. THE PLT REPORTED THE MIXTURE CONTROL WAS NOT SAFETY WIRED WHEN IT WAS RERIGGED JUST PRIOR TO THIS FLT. THE MIXTURE CONTROL BECAME DISCONNECTED DURING THE FLT RESULTING IN FUEL STARVATION TO THE ENG.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

MIXTURE CONTROL,CABLE..DISCONNECTED


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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