NTSB Identification: NYC88LA231.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38213.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 31, 1988 in MANSFIELD, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N9087D
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 ACFT, WITH A CFI AND STUDENT ON BOARD, HAD JUST MADE A TOUCH AND GO LANDING AND WAS ABOUT ONE MILE FM THE ARPT, CLIMBING TO CRUISE, WHEN THE ENG LOST POWER. IT WAS DARK AND THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A LANDING ON A STATE HIGHWAY. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A TRAFFIC ISLAND ON THE ROADWAY AND CAME TO REST IN THE FRONT YARD OF A RESIDENCE. AN FAA INSPECTOR WHO EXAMINED THE WRECKAGE SAID THE LEFT TANK WAS 1/4 TO 1/2 FULL OF FUEL, THE RIGHT TANK WAS EMPTY, AND THE GASCOLATOR BOWL CONTAINED ABOUT 3 OZ OF FUEL. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND IN THE OFF POSITION BUT THE PLT TOLD THE INSPECTOR THAT HE TURNED SELECTOR OFF AFTER THE ACDT.

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(CFI)

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROADWAY/HIGHWAY

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