NTSB Identification: CHI90LA232.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42109.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 16, 1990 in LEES SUMMIT, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N55431
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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.

THE PVT PLT SAID THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, AT ABOUT 100 AGL, THE ENGINE QUIT. HE SAID THAT HE TURNED THE AUXILARY FUEL PUMP ON, THEN OFF, AND THE ENGINE RAN FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEW SECONDS. AN EMERGENCY LDG, STRAIGHT AHEAD, WAS ATTEMPTED WHICH RESULTED IN A COLLISION WITH TREES, THEN TERRAIN. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS, BUT FUEL STARVATION COULD NOT BE DETERMINED DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF THE AIRCRAFT DAMAGE.

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

CHECK LIST NOT FOLLOWED, FUEL SYSTEM NOT UNDERSTOOD, AND FUEL BOOST PUMP SELECTOR IMPROPERLY USED, BY THE PIC.

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