NTSB Identification: MIA86LA230.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31753.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, August 07, 1986 in ARCADIA, FL
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N1996Y
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.

DURING CRUISE, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO SWITCH FUEL TANKS AND THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE BECAME STUCK IN THE 'OFF' POSITION. A SUCCESSFUL GEAR-UP FORCED LDG WAS MADE IN A FIELD. AN EXAM OF THE VALVE CONFIRMED THAT IT WAS STUCK DUE TO CORROSION AND RUST, THE OPERATOR'S MECHANIC STATED THAT PRIOR TO THEIR RECENT ACQUISITION OF THE ACFT, IT HAD REMAINED INACTIVE AND OUTDOORS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. DURING THE RECENT ANNUAL INSP, HE STATED THAT THE FUEL CAP SEALS HAD DETERIORATED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED AND THAT WATER HAD BEEN FOUND IN THE FUEL TANKS.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..BINDING(MECHANICAL)


Contributing Factors

WHEELS UP LANDING..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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