NTSB Identification: ATL88LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36661.
Accident occurred Friday, March 04, 1988 in CLEVELAND, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/21/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N198CD
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.

THE PLT RPTD THAT BOTH ENGINES BEGAN TO SURGE SHORTLY AFTER T/O DURING CLIMB. THE ENGINES SUBSEQUENTLY LOST PWR COMPLETELY, AND THE PLT MADE A FORCED LDG IN TREES. POST-CRASH EXAM REVEALED THAT THE FUEL SELECTORS WERE IN THE INBD TANK POSITIONS. THE LT INBD TANK WAS FOUND TO BE EMPTY W/NO EVIDENCE OF LEAKAGE PRESENT. THE RT INBD TANK WAS DESTROYED. THE LT OTBD TANK WAS ALMOST FULL, WHILE THE DAMAGED RT OTBD TANK WAS PARTIALLY FULL. EXAM OF THE ENGINES SEVERAL DAYS LATER REVEALED ONLY TRACE AMOUNTS OF FUEL. NO EVIDENCE OF WATER CONTAMINATION WAS FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. THE PLT STATED THAT HE TOOKOFF WITH THE FUEL SELECTORS ON THE OTBD TANK POSITIONS AND SWITCHED TO THE INBD POSITIONS AFTER THE ENGINES BEGAN TO SURGE. THE OAT WAS ABOUT 20 DEG F.

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..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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