NTSB Identification: MIA84FA256.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26880.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 18, 1984 in BOCA RATON, FL
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC3, registration: N143D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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.

FOUR HOURS AND FORTY MINS AFTER TAKEOFF APRX 6 MILES FROM THE DEST APRT, BOTH ENGS STOPPED RUNNING. ATTEMPTS TO RESTART THE ENGS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THINKING THEY WERE OUT OF FUEL, THE CREW ACCOMPLISHED A FORCED LANDING IN A WILDLIFE REFUGE IN 10 FT TALL SAWGRASS. AS THE ACFT DECELERATED THE LEFT ENG STRUCK A SUBMERGED STUMP SEPARATING THE ENG FROM THE WING. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE ALL THREE FUEL TANKS, 200 GAL CAPACITY EACH, WERE FILLED. UPON RECOVERY THE RIGHT MAIN AND AUX TANK WERE EMPTY BUT 150 GALS REMAINED IN THE LEFT TANK. INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS IN THE ACFT FUEL SYSTEM.

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

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

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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