NTSB Identification: MKC89LA022.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37473.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 10, 1988 in MENA, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N9109J
Injuries: 3 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.

ON LEFT CROSSWIND LEG, DURING INITIAL CLIMB, THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. THE ACFT HAD REACHED ABOUT 800 FEET AGL AND WAS ABOUT 1 1/2 MILES FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY. AN EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED WHICH RESULTED IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. DARK NIGHT VFR FLIGHT CONDITIONS EXISTED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES SAID THEY OBSERVED THE ACFT PASS UNDER SOME POWER LINES BEFORE CONTACTING A FENCE. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION, ALONG WITH STATEMENTS MADE BY THE PLT, REVEALED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO BE ON THE WRONG TANK, CAUSING FUEL STARVATION.

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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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