NTSB Identification: CHI85FEM01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31035.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 21, 1985 in BELLAIRE, MI
Aircraft: SKYRANGER SILVER CLOUD, registration: N210JT
Injuries: 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.
THE ACFT CRASHED AFTER COLLIDING WITH WIRES DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER A POWER LOSS DURING CLIMBOUT. THE PLT. BUILDER HAD RIGGED A TEMPORARY PLASTIC FUEL CONTAINER ON THE COCKPIT FLOOR BECAUSE THE MAIN WING TANKS HAD NOT BEEN INSTALLED. THIS FLOOR TANK WAS NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO GIVE GRAVITY FEED AND AS THE ACFT NOSED UP THE ENGINE WOULD TEND TO STOP OPERATING. AFTER A LOSS OF POWER THE PLT TURNED TO LAND BUT FAILED TO CLEAR A POWERLINE ENROUTE AND CRASHED IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE PLASTIC FUEL CONTAINER RUPTURED ON IMPACT AND DRENCHED THE PLT BUT THERE WAS NO FIRE. THE PLT WAS SUSPENDED UNCONSCIOUS UPSIDE DOWN IN HIS LAP BELT & SHOULDER HARNESS AND WAS RESCUED
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:AIRCRAFT SERVICE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..IMPROPER
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