NTSB Identification: CHI85LA294.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28845.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 16, 1985 in SCHAUMBURG, IL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N4349K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 ACFT CONTACTED A DITCH DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING A LOSS OF PWR SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PLT REPORTED THAT AT AN ALT OF APRX 200 FT AGL, DURING THE TAKEOFF CLIMB, A TOTAL LOSS OF PWR OCCURRED. A LEFT TURN WAS MADE IN AN ATTEMPTTO AVOID BUILDINGS AND THE LANDING WAS MADE IN A FLD ADJACENT TO THE RWY. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED BTW THE LEFT TANK AND OFF POSITIONS.THE FUEL DETENT WAS DEPRESSED AND CARPET FIBERS WERE FOUND IN THE DETENT. THE ENG WAS TEST RUN AND WHEN THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS PLACED BTW THE LEFT TANK AND OFF POSITIONS, THE ENG WOULD QUIT WITHIN 3 MINUTES.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

FUEL SUPPLY..REDUCED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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