NTSB Identification: SEA86LA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31717.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 31, 1986 in ORCHARDS, WA
Aircraft: BOEING PT13/17, registration: N1307N
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 PLT REPORTED THE ENGINE STARTED RUNNING ROUGH NEAR WOODLAND, WASHINGTON AND AN APPROACH WAS SET UP, BUT DUE TO MANY AIRCRAFT IN THE PATTERN THE PILOT ELECTED TO GO TO SCAPPOSE, WASHINGTON (ABOUT 10 NM SOUTH OF WOODLAND). AT SCAPPOSE, WASHINGTON THE PILOT NOTED 'X'S' ON THE RUNWAY AND DECIDED TO TRY TO MAKE IT TO EVERGREEN (17 NM SE OF SCAPPOSE). ENROUTE TO EVERGREEN THE ENGINE QUIT AND A FORCED LANDING WAS ATTEMPTED TO CLARK COUNTY. THE ACFT BOUNCED OFF THE ROOF OF THE RESTAURANT AND CAME TO REST INVERTED BESIDE THE BLDG. A CERTIFIED A&P MECHANIC REMOVED AND VISUALLY TESTED THE SIGHT FUEL GAUGE. THE FUEL LEVEL INDICATOR (CORK FLOAT) MOVED FREELY FROM THE FULL POSITION TO A POINT (IN THE GAUGE) WHERE ABOUT 10 GALLONS WOULD BE INDICATED AND BECAME STUCK AT THAT POINT. THE PLT REPORTED THE FUEL GAUGE HAD BEEN 'VISUALLY CALIBRATED' AT THE LAST ANNUAL INSPECTION.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT POSSIBLE..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:

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION



Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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