NTSB Identification: CHI85FEE01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28436.
Accident occurred Friday, April 05, 1985 in SCHAUMBURG, IL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N8243S
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 STUDENT PLT & INSTRUCTOR (CFI) WERE PRACTICING TOUCH-&-GO LANDINGS. THE CFI REPORTED THAT AFTER ABOUT 1 HR OF FLT, THE ENG LOST POWER AFTER A TOUCH-&-GO AS THE ACFT WAS CLIMBING THRU ABOUT 200 TO 300 FT AGL. A TOWN & SOME BLDGS WERE AHEAD, SO THE CFI MADE A 180 DEG TURN TO TRY TO REACH THE ONLY AVAILABLE FIELD. HOWEVER, THE ACFT MUSHED INTO TREES BEFORE HE COULD REACH THE FIELD. AN EXAM REVEALED THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO AN EMPTY (LEFT) FUEL TANK. FUEL WAS STILL REMAINING IN THE RIGHT MAIN TANK. THE STUDENT & INSTRUCTOR HAD VISUALLY CHECKED THE FUEL BEFORE TAKING OFF. THE CFI ESTIMATED THERE WAS ABOUT 20 GAL REMAINING WITH THE LEFT TANK BEING THE FULLEST (FUEL LEVEL JUST BELOW THE TABS IN THAT TANK). THE FLT WAS CONDUCTED BY USING FUEL FROM ONLY THE LEFT TANK.

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:

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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