Saturday, April 16, 2022

Globe GC-1B, N78096; accident occurred occurred April 14, 2022 and Incident occurred March 18, 2021

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Huntsville, Texas 
Accident Number: CEN22LA180
Date & Time: April 14, 2022, 13:55 Local 
Registration: N78096
Aircraft: Globe GC-1B 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that in cruise flight he positioned the fuel selector to the right auxiliary fuel tank and set a timer for 20 minutes. He practiced private pilot maneuvers and then proceeded to a nearby airport for touch-and-go landings. He did not switch the fuel selector back to the main fuel tank because he did not notice the timer. The pilot completed one touch-and-go landing and during the initial climb, the engine experienced a total loss of power. He pitched the nose of the airplane down for a forced landing and the engine regained power momentarily. The engine again experienced a loss of power, the airplane stalled, and impacted the ground adjacent to the runway resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. He stated that he should have refueled the airplane before the flight, so he did not have to worry about fuel management.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s inadequate fuel management which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.


Aircraft Fuel - Fluid management
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb Fuel starvation (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 29, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 4, 2020
Flight Time: 569.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 141.7 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Globe
Registration: N78096
Model/Series: GC-1B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility 
Serial Number: 2096
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: November 1, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1970 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2534.5 Hrs 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-DB-30B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 210 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KUTS, 346 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 13:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 181°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Conroe, TX (CXO) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Huntsville, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:14 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Huntsville Municipal Airport UTS
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 362 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5005 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and go; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 30.746616,-95.587956(est)

April 14, 2022:  Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 14-APR-22
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N78096
Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Aircraft Model: GC-1B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

April 14, 2022

Though the personal aircraft was damaged, a pilot who was involved in a crash at the Bruce Brothers Regional Airport sustained only minor injuries this afternoon. Emergency vehicles were on the scene to transport the pilot to Huntsville Memorial Hospital. There were no passengers onboard the plane.

 “He left in an ambulance,” said Huntsville Aviation owner Wade Gillaspie but “he was conscious and appeared to be coherent when he left, so hopefully, he's not hurt very bad.”

 Emergency personnel left the scene after a brief investigation.

April 14, 2022

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

March 18, 2021:  Aircraft on takeoff roll swerved into a trench. 

Date: 18-MAR-21
Time: 16:02:00Z
Regis#: N78096
Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Aircraft Model: GC1B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

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