NTSB Identification: CHI84LA377.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25253.
Accident occurred Monday, September 03, 1984 in OLNEY, IL
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N6620H
Injuries: 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.

THE A/C WAS FLOWN IN AN AIRSHOW BY THE OWNER. AFTER HE LANDED THE ACFT WAS SHUT DOWN AND REFUELED. THE REFUELING AND THE PREFLIGHT WERE DONE RAPIDLY TO ALLOW THE OWNERS SON, A STUDENT PLT, TO LEAVE THE AIRPORT AHEAD OF THE CROWD. ABOUT 3 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF AT AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 1,000 FT THE ENGINE QUIT. THE ACFT WAS LANDED IN A CORN FIELD AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. INVESTIGATION BY THE OWNER REVEALED THAT THE FUEL VALVE CONFIGURATION LEFT ONLY ABOUT 1/2 GALLON OF FUEL IN THE HEADER TANK AVAILABLE TO THE ENGINE. THE STUDENT PILOT DID NOT ATTEMPT TO CORRECT THE VALVE POSITION DURING DESCENT.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..NOT SWITCHED

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE



Contributing Factors

PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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