NTSB Identification: NYC88LA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37617.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 28, 1988 in PLYMOUTH, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N5435P
Injuries: 4 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.

THE PILOT OF THE PA-24 SAID EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL UNTIL HE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS AND TURNED ON THE BOOST PUMP. HE SAID A POWER LOSS FOLLOWED. HE WAS UNABLE TO GET THE ENGINE RESTARTED PRIOR TO MAKING AN OFF AIRPORT LANDING. A WITNESS IN THE AIRCRAFT SAID THE LEFT FUEL GAGE SHOWED EMPTY AND THE RIGHT SHOWED 15 GALLONS. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT SHOWED NO FUEL IN THE LEFT TANK AND APPROXIMATELY 16 GALLONS IN THE RIGHT TANK. NO PROBLEMS WERE FOUND WITH THE FUEL SYSTEM, TANK SELECTOR VALVE OR ENGINE.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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