NTSB Identification: ATL84FA282.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26179.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 09, 1984 in LYNCHBURG, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-325, registration: N29RH
Injuries: 1 Serious,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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE PLT REPORTED TO THE TOWER THAT THE LEFT ENG HAD FAILED. THE PROP WAS FEATHERED AND A LEFT TURN TO DOWNWIND INITIATED. IN THE TURN THE RIGHT ENG FAILED AND THE ACFT FLEW INTO TREES IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA ABOUT 1 MILE FROM THE ARPT. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WERE DISCOVERED. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN EITHER ENGINE. THE FUEL SELECTORS FOR BOTH ENGS WERE ON THE OUTBOARD POSITIONS. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE THE MAIN FUEL TANKS WERE FILLED. NO FUEL WAS ADDED TO THE OUTBOARD TANKS. IMPACT RUPTURED THE RIGHT OUTBOARD TANK. APRX 1 CUP OF FUEL WAS DRAINED FROM THE LEFT TANK.

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

CHECKLIST..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

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

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