NTSB Identification: LAX85FA137.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28063.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 09, 1985 in CORONA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N8898
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

AFTER REFUELING, THE ACFT TOOK OFF & LOST PWR AT 150 FT TO 200 FT AGL. THE ACFT STRUCK TREES WHILE IN A STEEPENING LEFT BANK & CRASHED IN AN OPEN FIELD ADJACENT TO THE ARPT. NO CONTAMINANTS OR WATER WERE FOUND EITHER IN THE ACFT'S FUEL SYSTEM OR IN THE FUEL SOURCE. CONTINUITY WAS ASCERTAINED FOR FLIGHT CONTROLS, THE ENGINE, THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND THE FUEL SYSTEM. THE CARBURETOR WAS FRACTURED. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND ON THE RIGHT TANK BUT AN IMPRINT OF THE POINTER WAS FOUND IN THE 'OFF' POSITION. THE PLT HAD NO MEMORY BEYOND REFUELING. TESTS CONDUCTED IN A SIMILAR ACFT WITH THE FUEL SELECTOR IN THE 'OFF' POSITION WERE INCONCLUSIVE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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