NTSB Identification: NYC83FA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21793.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 30, 1983 in ALTON, ME
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12-D, registration: N95176
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.

THE PAX STATED THAT THE FUSELAGE & RIGHT WING TANKS CONTAINED AUTOMOTIVE FUEL. THE ENG WAS WARMED UP AN ESTIMATED 30 MINPRIOR TO TAKEOFF. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO LIFT OFF ABOUT 1/2 WAY DOWN THE 1600 FT STRIP. AT ABOUT 30-40 FT THE ACFT BEGAN A RIGHT BANKING TURN. THE PAX STATED THAT AT ABOUT 75 FT ABOVE THE TREES THE ENG QUIT. THE PLT TURNED THE ACFT LEFT BACK TOWARD THE RWY, & THE PAX OBSERVED THE PLT PULLING & PUSHING A KNOB. THE ACFT CRASHED IN A NEAR VERTICAL NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE PLT'S LOGBOOK INDICATED A TOTAL OF 11.9 HRS DUAL WITH THE LAST DUAL ON 7/24/81. THE LAST RECORDED ANNUAL WAS ON 3/31/81 WHICH COULD NOT BE SIGNED OFF BECAUSE AN STC INVOLVING AN ENG CHANGE WAS NOT COMPLETED. THE ACFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH SKIS & THEIR INSTALLATION WAS NOT RECORDED IN THE LOGBOOK. THE ACFT WAS ABOUT 175 LBS OVER MAX GROSS WEIGHT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. OAT AT BANGOR, ME WAS 20 DEG F. RECENT TESTS SHOW THAT A CARBURETOR HAD A TENDENCY TO COMMENCE ICING TWICE AS SOON WITH AUTOMOTIVE GRADE FUEL AS COMPARED WITH 100LL AVIATION GRADE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

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

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL GRADE..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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