NTSB Identification: FTW85LA326.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29006.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 20, 1985 in FARMERVILLE, LA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N8050P
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 PLT TOOK OFF AND STARTED HIS CLIMBOUT WITH THE FUEL SELECTOR ON A FUEL TANK WHICH WAS VIRTUALLY EMPTY. THE ENG STOPPED REACHING AN ALT OF 200 FEET AGL. THE PLT MADE FORCED LANDING IN TREES. THERE WAS AN AMPLE SUPPLY OF FUEL (ABOUT 70 GALLONS) DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN THE OTHER THREE FUEL TANKS; HOWEVER, THERE WAS NOT ADEQUATE TIME TO SWITCH THE SELECTOR VALVE AND GET A RESTART BEFORE IMPACT OCCURRED.

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 TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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