NTSB Identification: DEN84LA301.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25659.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 26, 1984 in KIOWA, CO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N8145V
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.
WHILE PRACTICING A SIMULATED ENGINE FAILURE THE STUDENT PLT INAVERTANTLY SHUT OFF THE FUEL. DURING THE ACTUAL FORCED LANDING IN A ROUGH FIELD, THE ACFT CONTACTED A YUCCA PLANT AND A GEAR COLLAPSE RESULTED. THE CFI LATER REPORTED THE SPRING LOADED SAFTY STOP ON THE FUEL SELECTOR APPEARED NORMAL BUT IN FACT WAS BROKEN IN A MANNER WHICH ALLOWED THE SELECTOR HANDLE TO PASS OVER THE STOP WITHOUT HAVING TO DEPRESS THE STOP. THE CFI ALSO STATED THE STUDENT PLTS LEG OBSTRUCTED HIS VIEW OF THE SELECTOR SWITCH.
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..DUAL STUDENT
ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)
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