NTSB Identification: SEA85LA163.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28785.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 13, 1985 in AMERICAN FALLS, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N25678
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 STUDENT SOLO X-COUNTRY FLT DEPARTED OGDEN, UT, AT APRX 1130 MDT AND MADE A TOUCH & GO AT BLACK FOOT, ID, AT APRX 135 MDT. THE PLT STATED THE LANDING WAS A LITTLE ROUGH AND DUE TO THE DISTRACTION, HE FORGOT TO SWITCH FUEL TANKS. FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED AT 1345 MDT AND A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN A POTATOE FLD WHERE THE ACFT NOSED OVER. THE PLT STATED A PRINTED EMERGENCY CHECKLIST WAS NOT AVAILABLE AND HE WAS NOT INSTRUCTED TO MEMORIZE A CHECKLIST FOR ENG FAILURE PROCEDURES WHICH INCLUDES SWITCHING FUEL TANKS.

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..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

IMPROPER TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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