NTSB Identification: MIA88FA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35993.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 30, 1988 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30, registration: N4927V
Injuries: 4 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT STATED THAT HE HAD FILLED THE MAIN TANKS AND NEARLY FILLED THE TWO AUX TANKS EARLIER AND HAD FLOWN FOR ABOUT 1 HR USING ONE OF THE AUX TANKS FOR CRUISE. HE HAD JUST TAKEN OFF USING THE MAINS & WHEN HE LEVELED AT 2600 FT, HE SWITCHED TO ONE OF THE AUX TANKS. MOMENTS LATER, THE ENG QUIT & THE PLT COULD NOT GET A RESTART. A FORCED LDG WAS MADE INTO THE TREE TOPS & THE ACFT CRASHED TO THE GROUND. EACH AUX TANK HOLDS ABOUT 17 GALS & THE ACFT BURNS 13 TO 15 GALS PER HR. THE PLT STATED THAT HE MAY HAVE INADVERTENTLY SWITCHED TO A NEARLY DEPLETED AUX TANK & THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE REASON FOR THE ENG FAILURE. AN EXAM OF THE FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED THE MAIN FILTER, SELECTOR & SPIDER WERE DRY. NO OTHER EVIDENCE OF ANY PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF ANY AIRFRAME OR ENG COMPONENTS WAS FOUND.

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

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