NTSB Identification: NYC87FA126.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35397.
Accident occurred Friday, April 17, 1987 in PLEASANTVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: BEECH 58P, registration: N721WW
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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.

THE PLT REPT HIS AUTO-PILOT WAS MALFUNCTIONING ON THE APCH AND HE WAS HAVING AILERON PROBLEMS. HE REPT A LOSS OF PWR, GOT THE ENG STARTED, AND THEN REPT A DOUBLE PWR LOSS. PRIOR TO DISAPPEARING FROM RADAR HE REPT THAT HE WAS STARTING ONE ENGINE. THE ACFT IMPACTED A HOUSE. THE 5 OCCUPANTS OF THE HOUSE ESCAPED, ONE WITH MINOR INJURIES. THE ACFT AND HOUSE WERE DESTROYED BY FIRE. THE ACFT HAD FLOWN 2.2 HRS AFTER DEPARTING WITH 166 GALS OF USEABLE FUEL ON BOARD. NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL SPILLAGE WAS FOUND FROM THE RT WING WHICH HAD BROKEN OPEN ON IMPACT WITH A TREE. THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOUSE REPT HEARING AND FEELING THE CRASH AND OBSERVING A LIQUID RAINING DOWN FROM A COLLAPSED CEILING IN AN ADJACENT ROOM. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ACFT FUEL SELECTORS WERE IN THE CROSSFEED POSITIONS. THE NORMAL POSITION FOR OPERATION IS THE ON POSITION. CROSSFEEDING OF FUEL IS RESTRICTED TO EMERGENCY USE IN LEVEL FLT ONLY.

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

CHECKLIST..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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


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