NTSB Identification: LAX89LA170.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40150.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 23, 1989 in LONG BEACH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/02/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N8827W
Injuries: 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 PILOT WAS NOT AUTHORIZED TO FLY THE AIRPLANE. HE DID STATE AFTER THE ACCIDENT THAT THE ENGINE QUIT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AND HE WAS FORCED TO LAND IN A SOFT FIELD. THREE OF THE FOUR FUEL TANKS WERE FOUND TO BE EMPTY OR NEAR THE UNUSEABLE FUEL QUANTITY. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND IN THE 'OFF' POSITION.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO SELECT THE PROPER FUEL TANK FOR AN ADEQUATE FUEL SUPPLY FOR THE TAKOEFF.

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