NTSB Identification: MKC88FA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36594.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 01, 1988 in ROLLA, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N9161C
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,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.

AS THE PILOT APPROACHED THE ROLLA, MISSOURI AIRPORT HE STATED THAT HE SWITCHED THE FUEL TANK SELECTOR FROM THE RIGHT TANK TO BOTH TANKS IN PREPARATION FOR LANDING. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE DID NOT KNOW WHICH DIRECTION HE MOVED THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE. ENGINE LOST POWER AND WOULD NOT RESPOND TO THROTTLE MOVEMENT. PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING BUT DID NOT HAVE ADEQUATE ALTITUDE TO MANEUVER TO THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED APPROXIMATELY 150 YARDS SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND IN THE OFF POSITION. THE AIRCRAFT ENGINE WAS EXAMINED AND RUN IN A TEST CELL. ALL ENGINE PARAMETERS WERE WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..STARVATION

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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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