NTSB Identification: ANC88FA057.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35836.
Accident occurred Monday, May 16, 1988 in WASILLA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N7224K
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

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 PRIVATE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE MAKING AN APPROACH TO THE WASILLA AIRPORT, WASILLA, AK, WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT MADE A SHARP 180 DEGREE TURN TO TRY AND REACH A PAVED STREET ABOUT 3/4 OF A MILE SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE STALLED AND CRASHED JUST PRIOR TO REACHING THE ROAD. THE ON-SITE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED ON AN EMPTY FUEL TANK, ALTHOUGH THE OPPOSITE TANK HAD AMPLE FUEL. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE PILOT'S CERTIFICATE HAD BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH BIENNIAL FLIGHT REVIEW AND AIRCRAFT ANNUAL INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS STEMMING FROM A 9/87 ACCIDENT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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