NTSB Identification: MIA84LA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24088.
Accident occurred Monday, February 20, 1984 in DEFUNIAK SPRING, FL
Aircraft: MOONEY M-20F, registration: N3455X
Injuries: 3 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.

WHILE FLYING AT 3000 FT, THE ENG SPUTTERED & QUIT RUNNING. THE PLT STATED THAT HE TRIED ALL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, WHICH INCLUDED CHANGING THE FUEL SELECTOR POSITION. HE EXTENDED THE GEAR TO LAND ON AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY, BUT SAW AN OVERPASS AHEAD, SO HE RETRACTED THE GEAR TO CLEAR THE OBSTRUCTION. AFTER CLEARING THE OVERPASS, HE DID NOT HAD INSUFFICIENT TIME TO REEXTEND THE GEAR. THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED DURING A WHEELS-UP LANDING. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE RIGHT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY & THE LEFT TANK WAS FULL. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT TANK.

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

FLUID..STARVATION

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


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