NTSB Identification: CHI85FA165.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28607.
Accident occurred Monday, April 15, 1985 in WORTHINGTON, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N8007Y
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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 ACFT STALLED AND CRASHED IN A FLD AFTER THE PLT DECLARED AN EMERGENCY STATING HE WAS LOSING PWR ON THE RIGHT ENG AND HE COULD NOT MAINTAIN ALT. AT 1405 EST, THE ACFT WAS TOLD TO CONTACT HULMAN APCH WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO DESCEND TO 3000 FT MSL. THE MODE C TRANSPONDER INDICATED THE ACFT WAS BELOW 3000 FT AND A CLEARANCE TO 2600 FT WAS ISSUED AT WHICH TIME THE PLT REPORTED THE RIGHT ENGINE QUIT. THE PLT WAS GIVEN VECTORS TO A NEARBY ARPT, HOWEVER, HE WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE IT. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE ACFT IMPACTED THE TERRAIN IN A NEAR 60 DEG NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED THE RIGHT ENG FUEL SELECTOR WAS ON THE RIGHT MAIN TANK WHICH WAS EMPTY. THE RIGHT ENG FUEL SELECTOR WAS ALSO CORRODED. THE RIGHT MAG COILS ON THE RIGHT ENG SHOWED SIGNS OF CRACKING WHEN HOT. THE RIGHT ENG SPARK PLUGS WERE TESTED AND 90% OF THE PLUGS WOULD NOT FIRE ABOVE 50 PSI PRESSURE. THE RIGHT PROP WAS NOT FEATHERED.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..INCORRECT


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,SPARK PLUG..PRESSURE TOO LOW


Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,IGNITION COIL..INCORRECT


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,COMPLIANCE WITH AD..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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