NTSB Identification: CHI94LA090.
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Accident occurred Monday, February 21, 1994 in GRAND FORKS, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N66ND
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The instructor and pilot rated student were practicing pattern work. The instructor asked the student to switch the fuel selector from the right tank to the left tank. The student moved the selector but did not look at it. He inadvertently selected the OFF position. The engine quit, and could not be restarted. The instructor landed the airplane about 50 yards short of the runway. The main landing gear wheels dug into the snow during landing roll, and the airplane nosed-over.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FUEL STARVATION DUE TO THE IMPROPER POSITIONING OF THE FUEL TANK SELECTOR BY THE STUDENT PILOT.

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