NTSB Identification: CHI86LA107.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30978.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 23, 1986 in COLUMBUS, IN
Aircraft: NAVION H, registration: N25342
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 PRACTICING A SHORT FIELD TAKEOFF WHEN AT 30 TO 40 FEET THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND QUIT, THE AIRCRAFT SUBSEQUENTLY LANDED HARD DAMAGING THE RIGHT LANDING GEAR BOX AND FUSELAGE BEHIND THE RIGHT WING. THE PILOT SAID HE MAY HAVE TAKEN OFF ON THE TIP TANKS BUT HE THOUGHT HE WAS ON THE MAINS. INSPECTION REVEALED THE TIP TANKS TO BE NEARLY EMPTY. THE ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEM WERE FOUND TO BE FUNCTIONING PROPERLY WHEN TESTED. LATER THE PILOT SAID HE FOUND A SMALL AMOUNT OF 'BROWN WATER' IN THE FUEL WHEN HE DRAINED THE TANKS.

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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