NTSB Identification: ATL85LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27721.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 03, 1985 in KNOXVILLE, TN
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N2013K
Injuries: 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.

THE PLT HAD NOT FLOWN FOR OVER 90 DAYS & WAS PRACTICING LANDINGS BEFORE FLYING WITH PASSENGERS. WHILE CLIMBING FROM A TOUCH-&-GO LANDING, THE ENG LOST POWER AT ABOUT 250 TO 300 FT AGL. THE PLT SAW ONLY A RIVER AHEAD, SO HE ATTEMPTED TO TURN & LAND ON THE ARPT. HE STATED THAT HE DROPPED THE NOSE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED, BUT WAS UNABLE TO KEEP FROM HITTING TREES. THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT WITH THE TREES & GROUND. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND POSITIONED HALF WAY BETWEENTHE LEFT & RIGHT POSITIONS. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL STRAINER OR FUEL LINES FORWARD OF THE FIREWALL. WHEN THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS MOVED TO EITHER THE LEFT OR RIGHT POSITIONS, FUEL FLOWED FREELY, BUT NO FUEL WOULD FLOW IN THE INTER- MEDIATE POSITION. THE INVESTIGATOR NOTED THAT WHEN THE FLAPS WERE SELECTED, THE FUEL SELECTOR COULD EASILY BE BUMPED. ALSO, THE DETENTS ON THE SELECTOR WERE WEAK & THE SELECTOR COULD EASILY BE MOVED. AD 85-05-02, AMENDMENT 39-5912, WAS NOT COMPLIED WITH; HOWEVER, IF SO, IT WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED THIS PROBLEM.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..OTHER


Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER



Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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