NTSB Identification: FTW84LA204.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24722.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 18, 1984 in PURCELL, OK
Aircraft: BEASLEY, GERALD L. VARIEZE, registration: N26VE
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 REPORTED THAT HE STARTED THE ENG BY USING FUEL FROM THE 2.5 GAL AUX TANK, THEN HE MOVED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO THE 'BOTH' POSITION. HE TOOK OFF AT ABOUT 0600 CST & CLIMBED TO CRUISE AT 5500 FT MSL. WHILE EN ROUTE, A SHORT TIME LATER, THE ENG 'SPUTTERED BRIEFLY & DIED.' THE PLT TRIED STARTING THE ENG BY ROTATING THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE TO ALL POSITIONS. WHILE DESCENDING THRU 2500 TO 2000 FT, HE FELT THE PROP HAD STOPPED WINDMILLING. SINCE THE ACFT HAD NO ELECTRIC STARTER, HE COULD NOT GET THE PROP TO START TURNING WITHOUT INCREASING THE AIRSPEED. HE TRIED TO MAKE A FORCED LANDING ON A DIRT ROAD, BUT STATED HE WAS 'TRYING TO MANEUVER AROUND & OVER SOME TREE TOPS & I EVIDENTLY STALLED MY CRAFT.' THE ACFT WAS DEMOLISHED DURING IMPACT BESIDE A RAILROAD TRACK. THE PLT RELATED THAT 'EVIDENTLY THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE DIDN'T WORK.' HOWEVER, THIS WAS NOT VERIFIED.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)

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