NTSB Identification: ATL86LA216.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31263.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 05, 1986 in RIDGELAND, SC
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER CALLAIR A-9B, registration: N7946V
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 PERFORMING A TEST FLIGHT TO TEST A NEW SPRAY PUMP WHICH WAS RECENTLY INSTALLED ON THE AIRCRAFT. FOLLOWING A LOW PASS OVER THE RUNWAY THE PILOT HEARD A GRINDING NOISE FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT. SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE AIRCRAFT LOST TOTAL POWER AND THE PILOT LANDED IN A FIELD SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. POST CRASH EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE ENGINE LOST POWER DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. THE PILOT ALLOWED THE LEFT FUEL TANK TO RUN DRY. THE CAUSE OF THE GRINDING NOISE WAS NOT DISCOVERED IN POST ACC INVESTIGATION.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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:

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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