Grants-Milan Municipal Airport
Aircraft Accident/Incident Report

Grants, New Mexico 87020
Saturday, October 30, 2010 13:00 MDT

NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident

The pilot purchased the airplane two days prior to the accident and was ferrying it back to his home airport. He serviced the airplane with 26 gallons of fuel at the first refueling stop, and shortly after takeoff, the engine experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot performed a forced landing when he was unable to regain sufficient engine power. Examination of the engine revealed the carburetor bowl and engine-driven fuel pump fuel screens were clean with no visible contaminants. The engine was not able to be run due to impact damage; however, thumb compression and valve train continuity was confirmed to all cylinders.

NTSB Probable Cause Narrative

The loss of partial engine power for undetermined reasons.

Event Information

Type of Event Accident
Event Date 10/30/2010
Event Day of the Week Saturday
Time of Event 1300
Event Time Zone Mountain Daylight Time
Event City Grants
Event State NEW MEXICO
Event Country --
Zipcode of the event site 87020
Event Date Year 2010
Event Date Month 10
MidAir Collision Indicator No
On Ground Collision occurred ? No
Event Location Latitude 351002N
Event Location Longitude 1075407W
Event Location Airport Grants-Milan Municipal
Event Location Nearest Airport ID GNT
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airport Off Airport/Airstrip
Distance from airport in statute miles 0
Degrees magnetic from airport --
Airport Elevation 6537
Weather Briefing Completeness --
Investigator's weather source Weather Observation Facility
Time of the weather observation 1253 Mountain Daylight Time
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees) 310
Weather Observation Facility ID GNT
Elevation of weather observation facility 6537
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?) 5
Time Zone of the weather observation MDT
Lighting Conditions Day
Lowest Ceiling Height --
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height --
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions Unknown
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling Unknown
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet) --
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles) --
Visibility (Statute Miles) --
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius) 22
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit) -3
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic) 200
Variable Wind Indicator Wind direction could be determined
Wind Speed (knots) 11
Wind Velocity Indicator --
Wind Gust Indicator Gusting
Wind Gust (knots) 19
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.17
Density Altitude (feet) --
Intensity of Precipitation --
METAR weather report METAR KGNT 301753Z AUTO 14013KT 19/00 A3021 RMK AO
Event Highest Injury Minor
On Ground, Fatal Injuries --
On Ground, Minor Injuries --
On Ground, Serious Injuries --
Injury Total Fatal --
Injury Total Minor 1
Injury Total None --
Injury Total Serious --
Injury Total All 1
Investigating Agency NTSB
NTSB Docket Number (internal use) 28049
NTSB Notification Source FAA ASW ROC
NTSB Notification Date --
NTSB Notification Time --
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information --
Date of most recent change to record Jan 10 2011 3:17PM
User who most recently changed record bowl
Basic weather conditions Visual Meteorological Cond
FAA District Office --

Aircraft Involved

Aircraft #1

Aircraft Registration Number N3249K
NTSB Number CEN11LA044
Missing Aircraft Indicator --
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation
Type of Flight Plan filed None
Flight plan Was Activated? --
Damage Substantial
Aircraft Fire None
Aircraft Explosion None
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name GLOBE
Aircraft Model GC-1B
Aircraft Series Identifier --
Aircraft Serial Number 1242
Certified Max Gross Weight 1710
Aircraft Category Airplane
Aircraft Registration Class --
Aircraft is a homebuilt? No
Flight Crew Seats 2
Cabin Crew Seats --
Passenger Seats --
Total number of seats on the aircraft 2
Number of Engines 1
Fixed gear or retractable gear Fixed
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection --
Date of Last Inspection --
Airframe hours since last inspection --
Airframe Hours --
ELT Installed Unknown
ELT Activated Unknown
ELT Aided Location of Event Site Unknown
ELT Type --
Aircraft Owner Name Douglas K. Sampson
Aircraft Owner Street Address 251 Morningwood La.
Aircraft Owner City Wertz
Aircraft Owner State VA
Aircraft Owner Country USA
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 24184
Operator is an individual? No
Operator Name Douglas K. Sampson
Operator Same as Owner? Yes
Operator Is Doing Business As --
Operator Address Same as Owner? Yes
Operator Street Address 251 Morningwood La.
Operator City Wertz
Operator State VA
Operator Country USA
Operator Zip code 24184
Operator Code --
Owner has at least one certificate None
Other Operator of large aircraft? No
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation --
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 Board No
Departure Point Same as Event Yes
Departure Airport Code GNT
Departure City Grants
Departure State NM
Departure Country USA
Departure Time 1300
Departure Time Zone MDT
Destination Same as Local Flt --
Destination Airport Code TUC
Destination City Tucumcari
Destination State NM
Destination Country USA
Specific Phase of Flight --
Report sent to ICAO? --
Evacuation occurred --
Date of most recent change to record Nov 1 2010 1:55PM
User who most recently changed record scoa
Since inspection or accident --
Event Location Runway Number and Location 31
Runway Length 7172
Runway Width 75
Sight Seeing flight No
Air Medical Flight No
Medical Flight --