NTSB Identification: BFO86FA044.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33224.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 06, 1986 in SPRINGFIELD, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N34953
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE ENG BGN RUNNING ROUGH DRG FLT, THEN CLRD & RAN SMOOTHLY AGAIN. HE RPRTD HE ELECTED TO ABORT THE FLT & MADE A TURN, THEN SVRL MIN LATER, THE ENG LOST PWR. DRG AN EMERG LNDG IN A PARKING LOT, THE L MAIN GEAR HIT ANAUTO & FATALLY INJURED THE DRIVER. BFR COMING TO REST ON AN EMBANKMENT, THE ACFT HIT 2 OTR AUTOS & A GUY WIRE. WITNESSESRPRTD THE ACFT WAS CIRCLING THE AREA BFR THE ENG LOST PWR. A FRIEND OF THE PLT WAS LIVING APRX 2 BLKS FM THE ACDNT SITE.NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FND. DRG A POST-ACDNT CHECK, THE ENG OPERATED NORMALLY. AN INV REVEALED CONDS WERE CONDUCIVE TO CARBURETOR (CARB) ICING. THE PLT MADE NO MENTION OF SPECIFICALLY USING THE CARB HEAT DRG THE EMERG. ALSO, THE INV REVEALED THE PLACARD FOR THE FUEL SELECTOR (SEL) WAS DESIGNED TO RESTRICT MVMNT OF THE SEL TO THE L & RGT PSNS (NO 'OFF' PSN), BUT THE PLACARD WAS FND OUTSIDE THE ACFT WITH NO DMG. SEL WAS FND IN A PSN THAT WLD HAVE SHUT OFF FUEL TO THE ENG. THE PLT RPRTD HE SHUT OFF THE FUEL WHEN HE WAS COMMITTED TO LND. FLT TIME SINCE ANNUAL INSPN: 4.4 HRS.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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:

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..UNMARKED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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