NTSB Identification: NYC82FNA15
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 11, 1982 in DANVERS, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/1983
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N2983E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 PREVIOUS FLIGHT, THE AIRCRAFT HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL AND WAS SUCCESSFULLY LANDED IN AN OPEN FIELD. THIS OCCURRED WHILE THE FUEL GAUGE WAS INDICATING 1/4 FULL. THE PILOT SERVICED THE PLANE WITH 5 GALLONS OF NO-LEAD AUTO FUEL AND STRIPPED IT OF EXCESS WEIGHT. HE ATTEMPTED TO FLY OUT OF THE FIELD, BUT HAD INSUFFICIENT SPEED AT THE DECISION POINT AND ABORTED. HE THEN ELECTED TO TAKEOFF FROM A 500 FT SECTION OF AN ADJACENT HIGHWAY WITH TREES AT THE END OF THE AREA. THE TAKEOFF WAS BEGUN ON A BRIGHT MOONLIT LIGHT AND WITH ILLUMINATION FROM A STREET LIGHT. AFTER LIFT-OFF IN A NORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION, A SHARP LEFT TURN WAS MADE AT AN ALTITUDE OF 12 TO 25 FT AGL TO AVOID THE TREES. ALSO, THIS TURN WAS AWAY FROM POWER LINES ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. A WITNESS STATED THAT THE RIGHT WING HIT THE TREES. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME OR SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE LEFT WING CONTACTED THE GROUND AND THE PLANE CRASHED.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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