NTSB Identification: ATL88LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35714.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 12, 1987 in SOUTHPORT, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M20A, registration: N1051B
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 AIRPLANE LOST ENGINE PWR SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. A FORCED LDG WAS SUBSEQUENTLY MADE IN A NEARBY WATERWAY. POST-CRASH EXAM OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS IN THE LEFT TANK POSITION, AND THAT THE LEFT TANK CONTAINED ABOUT 1/2 GALLON OF FUEL. THE RIGHT TANK WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN ABOUT 5 GALLONS.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER

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