NTSB Identification: ATL86LA205.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32165.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 22, 1986 in DOZIER, AL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-160, registration: N5041W
Injuries: 2 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 PRIVATE PLT AND HIS PAX WERE ON A NIGHT CROSS COUNTRY FLT WHEN HE RAN ONE FUEL TANK DRY AND THE ENG SPUTTERED. HE SWITCHED TO THE OTHER TANK AND THE ENG CAUGHT FOR A FEW SECONDS THEN QUIT. HE LET DOWN OVER A HEAVILY FORESTED AREA AND STALLED THE ACFT INTO THE TREES. AN INSPECTION OF THE ACFT AFTER THE CRASH REVEALED NO PROBLEMS WITH THE FUEL SYSTEM. LATER THE OWNER REPORTED THAT HE FOUND THE CRANKSHAFT OF THE ENG BROKEN BUT IT DID NOT SHOW DAMAGE THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT IT BROKE WHILE THE ENGINE WAS RUNNING.

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

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

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

IMPROPER INITIAL TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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