NTSB Identification: MKC82FA055
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 11, 1982 in GRAIN VALLEY, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/11/1983
Aircraft: MARTIN-PITTS S1S, registration: N61RM
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 PLT ESTIMATED THE FUEL GAUGE INDICATED ABOUT 10 GALS DURING PREFLIGHT. THE FUEL GAUGE IS A CLEAR TUBE EXTENDING FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK UP THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE COCKPIT. A DIPSTICK WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE PLT FLEW TO LIBERTY, MO MADE TWO LANDINGS & RETURNED TO EAST KANSAS CITY. WHILE TURNING ON A RIGHT DOWNWIND THE ENG QUIT. THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND IN THE TOPS OF TREES TO SOFTEN THE IMPACT. AN OPEN FIELD SUITABLE FOR LANDING WAS OVERFLOWN. OTHER PITTS PILOTS AT THE ARPT STATED THAT LANDING IN TREES WAS PREFERRED DUE TO THE HIGH SINK RATE OF THE ACFT.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS..OTHER PERSON

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