NTSB Identification: LAX85LA231.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29338.
Accident occurred Friday, May 03, 1985 in CLOVIS, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23, registration: N1461P
Injuries: 2 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.

ON INITIAL CLIMB, AT 400 FT AGL, THE ACFT'S RT ENGINE LOST FUEL PRESSURE. THEN ALL RIGHT ENGIE POWER WAS LOST. THE LT ENG CONTINUED TO OPERATE NORMALLY. THE PLT FAILED TO FEATHER THE RT PROP & ALLOWED THE ACFT TO SLOW TO THE POINT WHERE A MVC ROLL COMMENCED. HE THEN LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT AND CRASHED INTO A BUILDING & A PARKING LOT. A POST-CRASH FIRE OCCURRED WHICH DESTROYED PORTIONS OF THE ACFT INCLUDING PORTIONS OF ITS FUEL SYSTEM THE STRUCTURES WHICH REMAINED WERE EXAMINED & NO DESCREPANCIES WERE NOTED. THE REASON FOR THE LOW RT ENGINE FUEL PRESSURE & ITS EVENTUAL TOTAL LOSS OF PWR WAS NOT DETERMINED.

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:

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER FEATHERING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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