Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Griffiss Airpark Airport

Rome, New York 13440
Saturday, March 4, 2000 17:00 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot departed and flew to his intended destination to conduct some touch-and-go landings. The weather was 'excellent VFR,' and the winds were from the northeast approximately 12 knots. The first touch-and-go to runway 33 was completed without incident. On the second touch-and-go, at 300 feet agl, the pilot inadvertently selected the mixture control to off. Realizing the error, the pilot elected to continue the approach without trying to restart the engine because of altitude remaining. The airplane developed a 'high' rate of descent, and with insufficient time and altitude to regain 'adequate' airspeed, the pilot unsuccessfully attempted to flare the airplane for touchdown. The airplane impacted the runway approximately 10 degrees nose down, and 50 knots. The pilot secured the airplane's systems. Then, both he and his passenger exited the airplane.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot inadvertently selecting the mixture control to off, resulting in a total loss of engine power.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/4/2000 
Event Day of the WeekSaturday 
Time of Event1700 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityROME  
Event StateNEW YORK 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site13440  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportGRIFFISS AIRPARK  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDRME  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation504 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1656 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)143 
Weather Observation Facility IDUCA  
Elevation of weather observation facility450 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height8500 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsUnknown 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-6 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)270 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)30 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 5 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time743 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 12 2000 1:30PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN3719H 
NTSB NumberNYC00LA087  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameErcoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 
Aircraft Model415-C  
Aircraft Series Identifier415-C  
Aircraft Serial Number4344  
Certified Max Gross Weight1400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionSep 1 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection70 
Airframe Hours1311 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameWILLIAM CRAIGMYLE  
Aircraft Owner Street Address26 COLLEGE TER  
Aircraft Owner CityONEONTA  
Aircraft Owner StateNY 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode13820  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeUCA  
Departure CityUTICA  
Departure StateNY 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1620 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeRME  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightApproach 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:35AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location33  
Runway Length11820 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--