NTSB Identification: SEA91LA072.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43262.
Accident occurred Monday, April 01, 1991 in WAMIC, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7119W
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE SURGED AND LOST POWER. THE PILOT MADE A LEFT TURN TO LAND ON A TAXIWAY AND CONTACTED THE LEFT WING FIRST ON THE GROUND. POST CRASH INSPECTION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS FULL WHILE THE RIGHT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY OF FUEL. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT FUEL TANK.

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

THE PILOT'S SELECTION OF AN EMPTY FUEL TANK FOR TAKEOFF.

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