NTSB Identification: ATL87LA145.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34093.
Accident occurred Friday, May 22, 1987 in OZARK, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N6363R
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 INST PLT INDICATED THAT DURING AIRWORK PROCEDURES PRACTICE IN THE LCL AREA, THE RIGHT WING SEEMED TO BE HEAVY. HE INDICATED THAT HE SWITCHED THE FUEL SELECTOR FROM BOTH TO RIGHT TANK. AFTER ABOUT 20-30 MINUTES, THEY RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT AND ENTERED DOWNWIND FOR LDG. THE STUDENT PERFORMED A BEFORE LDG CK AND WHILE ON FINAL, IT WAS NOTED THAT THE ACFT WAS BELOW THE DESIRED FLIGHT PATH. AN ATTEMPT TO ADD PWR WAS MADE WITH NO RESPONSE. A RESTART WAS ATTEMPTED, HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES SHORT OF THE APT. THE STUDENT HAD MOVED THE FUEL SEL TO THE BOTH POSITION DURING THE PRE LDG CK. THE SELECTOR WAS BINDING WHEN MOVED FM THE RIGHT TANK POSITION TOWARD LEFT AND BOTH. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE STUDENT PLT INDICATED THAT HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE USE OF THE TANK SELECTOR DETENTS AT VARIOUS SELECTOR POSITIONS. THE FUEL SELECTOR REPORTEDLY WAS NOT MOVED DURING THE ATTEMPTED RESTART PROCEDURES.

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 USE OF..DUAL STUDENT

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)




Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING..DUAL STUDENT


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..BINDING(MECHANICAL)


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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