NTSB Identification: BFO85FA032.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30050.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 30, 1985 in ROANOKE, VA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N8233R
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 REPORTED HE RAN A FUEL TANK DRY DURING FLT AT 6000 FT. HE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS, TURNED ON THE BOOST PUMP & MANIP-ULATED THE ENG CONTROLS, BUT WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENG. DURING A FORCED LANDING ON I-581, THE ACFT STRUCK A PICKUP TRUCK (TRAVELING IN THE SAME DRCTN), THEN VEERED INTO AN EMBANKMENT. NONE OF THE OCCUPANTS IN THE TRUCK WERE INJURED. ANEXAM REVEALED ALL FUEL TANKS CONTAINED FUEL EXCEPT THE L MAIN TANK. THE BOOST PUMP SW WAS FND IN THE 'PRIME' POSITION, A CONDITION WHICH COULD CAUSE FLOODING OF THE ENG. DETAILS OF AIR RESTART PROCEDURE & BOOST PUMP POSITION NOMENCLATURE DIFFER BETWEEN MANUALS/ACFT MARKINGS. FUEL MANAGEMENT FOR THE 4 TANKS REQUIRED POSITIONING 2 SELECTOR VALVES THRU 6 POSSIBLE POSITIONS. TWO FUEL GAGES WERE INSTALLED; 1 WAS FOR THE 2 MAIN TANKS, THE OTHER WAS FOR THE 2 AUX TANKS. THE GAGES INDICATED ONLY THE QUANTITY OF FUEL IN THE SELECTED TANK. THE OTHER GAGE READ EMPTY WHEN NEITHER OF ITS RESPECTIVETANKS WERE SELECTED. FLT MANUAL PROVIDED ONLY LIMITED INFO ON FUEL SYS. PLT'S FACE INJURED, NO SHOULDER HARNESS INSTLD.

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:

STARTING PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

MISC EQPT/FURNISHINGS,SHOULDER HARNESS..LACK OF


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

INFORMATION INSUFFICIENT..MANUFACTURER



Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER


Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE INSTRUMENT LOCATION..MANUFACTURER


Contributing Factors

INFORMATION UNCLEAR..MANUFACTURER

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