NTSB Identification: FTW96LA146.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 09, 1996 in GLADEWATER, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N8726N
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During the initial climb, the pilot noticed 'cold air' from the left air vent and 'adjusted [the] air vent.' Approximately 30 to 45 seconds later a total loss of engine power occurred. During the forced landing, the airplane 'stalled at tree top' height, collided with trees, and came to rest nose down in the terrain. Examination of the airplane revealed the fuel selector was in the OFF position and the left air vent was open.

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

fuel starvation due to the pilot inadvertently turning the fuel selector to the OFF position. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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