NTSB Identification: MIA85FA098.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27566.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 17, 1985 in WILLISTON, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A, registration: N3891D
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.

THE PLT TOOK OFF WITH THE FUEL SELECTOR ON 'BOTH' AND AT 300 FEET AGL SWITCHED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO 'LEFT'. THE SELECTOR WAS STILL ON 'LEFT' WHEN ENGINE LOST POWER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BASE LEG. THE PLT TRIED TO REACH THE RWY BUT COLLIDED WITH EDGE OF LIMESTONE PIT ABOUT 1000 FT FROM THE APCH END OF RWY. INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED LEFT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY AND THERE WERE APRX 4 GALS IN THE RIGHT TANK. EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE ACFT CRASHED IN A VERY STEEP FLT PATH, SLIGHTLY NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE AND ALMOST NO FORWARD VELOCITY.

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

STALL/MUSH..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



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