NTSB Identification: ANC90LA054.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40800.
Accident occurred Thursday, April 12, 1990 in WILLOW, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/21/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N40872
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

DURING THE CLIMBOUT, THE PILOT SWITCHED THE FUEL TANKS, THE ENGINE QUIT, AND THE AIRPLANE CRASHED INTO A WOODED AREA. THE AIRPLANE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED AND THE PILOT WAS NOT INJURED. THE NEW FUEL VALVE WAS INSTALLED JUST PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT THE VALVE WAS INSTALLED INCORRECTLY.

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

IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF THE FUEL VALVE.

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