NTSB Identification: MIA82FLD17
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 13, 1982 in TARPON SPRINGS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1983
Aircraft: CROOK M-1, registration: N8534Y
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 PILOT REPORTED THAT WHEN HE FIRST TRIED TO START THE ENGINE BEFORE TAKEOFF, THERE WAS A LACK OF IGNITION AND IT WOULD NOT START. HE FOUND MOISTURE IN THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP, DRIED IT OUT, CLEANED THE POINTS, AND THEN THE ENGINE STARTED NORMALLY. BEFORE TAKING OFF, HE WARMED THE ENGINE AND GAVE IT A TEST RUN FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT AFTER A NORMAL CLIMB, THERE WAS A SUDDEN POWER LOSS. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WITH A WINDMILLING PROPELLER, HE WAS UNABLE TO GLIDE BACK TO THE AIRPORT. HE ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD, BUT WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR OVER A HOUSE. HE STATED THERE WAS A LACK OF ELEVATOR CONTROL AT 60 MPH WITH A WINDMILLING PUSHER PROPELLER. THIS WAS WELL ABOVE THE STALL SPEED OF 32 MPH. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. HOWEVER, DAMAGE PREVENTED A THROUGH CHECK OF THE IGNITION SYSTEM.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)
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