NTSB Identification: NYC85FA222.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29234.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 27, 1985 in CARLISLE, PA
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N3064H
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

DURING THE SECOND TAKEOFF ATTEMPT FROM A PVT GRASS STRIP WITNESSES HEARD THE ENG SPUTTER THEN QUIT SOON AFTER LIFTOFF. THE ACFT THEN DESCENDED TO GROUND IMPACT AND BURNED. THE ACFT HAD NOT BEEN FLOWN ADN WAS KEPT OUT OF DOORS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS WHILE THE FABRIC WINGS WERE REFINISHED. THIS WAS THE FIRST FLT OF THE ACFT SINCE THE REFINISHING WAS COMPLETED. INSPECTION OF THE WRECKAGE DISCLOSED THE PRESENCE OF WATER AND SLUDGE THROUGHOUT THE ACFT FUEL SYSTEM.

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

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

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(DRUGS)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(DRUGS)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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