Aircraft: Bellanca Scout Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Zahl, N.D. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, 33, did not have a valid pilot certificate or medical certificate. His last aviation medical exam was dated April 27, 1997. At that time, he reported a total flight time of 15 hours.
The airplane belonged to his father. Witnesses saw the plane flying low between the piles near a gravel pit. One witness stated that the airplane was about 25 feet above the ground when it appeared to go straight up, then rolled, pitched down and crashed.
The post-accident examination of the airplane revealed it was out of fuel.
Probable cause: The non-certificated pilot’s improper preflight planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion, and his failure to maintain airplane control after a total loss of engine power.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA336
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