NTSB Identification: SEA95LA044.
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Accident occurred Thursday, January 26, 1995 in SALEM, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/29/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N9201P
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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PRIOR TO TAKEOFF ON A DARK NIGHT, THE DUAL STUDENT CHANGED THE FUEL SELECTOR FROM ONE MAIN TANK TO ANOTHER. AFTER TAKEOFF, AT ABOUT 150 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL, THE ENGINE STOPPED DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR STATED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS NOT IN THE DETENT, AND THAT HE HAD INADEQUATELY MONITORED THE STUDENT'S POSITIONING OF THE FUEL SELECTOR.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: FUEL STARVATION DUE TO INADEQUATE SUPERVISION OF THE DUAL STUDENT BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND WHEN THE DUAL STUDENT IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED THE FUEL SELECTOR POSITION. Full narrative available
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