NTSB Identification: FTW86FPA03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29604.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 31, 1985 in YANTIS, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N9348W
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT CONTACTED A TREE AND A LARGE BALE OF HAY DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING A LOSS OF PWR. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION DISCLOSED 18 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINED IN THE LEFT MAIN TANK AND 3 GALLONS REMAINED IN THE LEFT WING TIP TANK.BOTH RIGHT WING FUEL TANKS WERE RUPTURED. A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL LINES AND THE FUEL STRAINER BOWL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE WAS EMPTY. EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SELECTOR REVEALED THE VALVE SEAT TO THERIGHT TIP TANK WAS COATED WITH DIRT AND DEBRIS PREVENTING THE VALVE FORM SEATING. THIS WOULD ALLOW THE ENG DRIVEN FUEL PUMP TO DRAW AIR WHEN THE RIGHT TIP TANK WAS EMPTIED.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..DIRTY(FOGGY)

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..MOVEMENT RESTRICTED


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