NTSB Identification: DEN86LA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30676.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 31, 1985 in COLUMBUS, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 140A, registration: N5330C
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, AFTER PERFORMING THE PREFLIGHT ENGINE RUNUP, HE LEANED THE MIXTURE CONTROL AND SWITCHED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO BOTH TANKS. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AT APPROXIMATELY 50 FT AGL, THE ENG LOST PARTIAL PWR. THE PLT MADE A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING THE PARTIAL PWR LOSS. THE CESSNA 140A FUEL SELECTOR HAS THREE POSITIONS, LEFT TANK, RIGHT TANK, AND BOTH OFF.

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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