NTSB Identification: MIA87LA075.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32898.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 17, 1987 in FT.LAUDERDALE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N3743W
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT REPOSITIONED THE FUEL SELECTOR FROM THE LEFT TIP TANK TO THE RIGHT MAIN TANK WHEN THE FLT ENTERED THE TRAFFIC PATTERN. THE ENG THEN QUIT & A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN AN OPEN FIELD. UPON TOUCHDOWN THE LEFT & RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR WERE PUSHED THROUGH THE WINGS AND THE ACFT SLID TO A STOP. ACCORDING TO FIRE RESCUE PERSONNEL THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT TANK WHICH DID NOT CONTAIN ENOUGH FUEL TO SUSTAIN ENG OPERATION.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,TANK..STARVATION

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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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