NTSB Identification: ATL87LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32147.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 11, 1986 in CATHERINE, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 305C, registration: N720BC
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

PLT HAD LANDED IN A SOYBEAN FIELD TO PARTICIPATE IN A DOVE HUNT. ABT 1000 HE DECIDED TO FLY TO ANOTHER FIELD NEAR A RESTAURANT FOR BREAKFAST. HE ATTEMPTED A SHORT FIELD T.O. AND AT ABOUT 100 FT AGL, HE STATED THAT THE ENG QUIT WITH NO WARNING. AS A RESULT OF MANEUVERING TO AVOID TREES ACROSS THE T.O. PATH, THE PLT STATED THAT HE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH SPEED LEFT TO COMPLETE ROUNDOUT. ABOUT 9 GAL OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE LT FUEL TANK AND ABOUT 1/2 PT IN THE RIGHT. THE PLT STATED THAT THE T.O. WAS MADE ON THE LT TANK. SUB TO THE ACCIDENT, THE ENG WAS PRIMED, STARTED AND RUN USING THE ACFT FUEL SYS FROM THE WING ATTACH POINTS TO THE ENG. THE FUEL SEL FUNCTIONED NORMALLY.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..UNAPPROVED


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