NTSB Identification: NYC84FA107.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26586.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 08, 1984 in SCRIBA, NY
Aircraft: American Aviation Corp. (AAC) AA-1, registration: N5649L
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.

ACFT WAS LOCATED, AFTER A 4 DAY SEARCH, IN A GRAVEL PIT 8 MILES FROM POINT OF DEPARTURE. WRECKAGE EXAMINATION REVEALED ACFT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN IN VERTICAL DESCENT WITH NIL FORWARD SPEED. INVESTIGATION OF POWER PLANT REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF TORQUE OR POWER BEING DELIVERED TO THE PROP AT IMPACT. PLT WAS USING AUTOMOTIVE FUEL WITH UNMODIFIED CARBURETOR IN EXTREME LOW TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENT, CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE TO AN EXTREME OVER RICH MIXTURE SITUATION. GRAVEL PIT WAS ONLY OPEN SPOT IN WOODED AREA.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..INCORRECT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL GRADE..INCORRECT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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