NTSB Identification: LAX84LA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25050.
Accident occurred Friday, February 17, 1984 in RIALTO, CA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 14-13-2, registration: N74490
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENG LOST POWER. THE PLT THEN MADE A WHEELS-UP LANDING ON ROUGH TERRAIN & THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY & THE RIGHT TANK WAS FULL. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE MAY HAVE TAKEN OFF WITH THE FUEL SELECTOR POSITION TO THE LEFT TANK, THEN REPOSITIONED IT TO THE RIGHT TANK AFTER THE ENG LOST POWER. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS OBSERVED IN THE RIGHT TANK POSITION AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


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