NTSB Identification: ATL96LA127.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Monday, September 16, 1996 in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Beech 33, registration: N108VW
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was changing the fuel selector position from the left tank to the right tank when the engine lost power. He attempted an emergency landing; the airplane collided with the ground one mile west of the airport. Examination of the fuel selector valve assembly disclosed that the upper roll pin was not installed in the rotor assembly. A search of the wreckage at the accident site failed to recover the upper roll pin. An examination of the machined roll pin installation hole through the mast of the fuel selector, also failed to reveal evidence of a previous installation. Additionally, safety wire material was recovered from under the selector detent plate. A flow check of the fuel selector assembly disclosed that fuel flowed through the assembly without restriction. According to the annual inspection checklist, the fuel selector valve should be inspected for leakage. security, freedom, proper detent, and condition. The airframe maintenance logs showed that a current annual inspection had been accomplished. The pilot reportedly had performed the annual inspection under the supervision of an Authorized Inspector (AI).

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

The maintenance personnel failure to properly inspect the fuel system during the last annual inspection.

Full narrative available

Index for Sep1996 | Index of months