NTSB Identification: FTW85FA052.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26981.
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, November 15, 1984 in SAN ANTONIO, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N333TB
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF BOTH ENGINES BEGAN TO SURGE. PLT STATED HE DID NOT SWITCH FUEL TANKS DURING EMERG PROCEDURE BECAUSE HE KNEW OUTBOARD TANKS WERE EMPTY. COMPANY POLICY WAS TO CARRY ON 10 GALLONS OF FUEL IN OUTBOARD TANKS. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED INBOARD TANKS WERE FULL BUT SELECTORS WERE POSITIONED TO OUTBOARD TANKS. PLT STATED SELECTORS WERE NOT CHECKED AFTER TAKEOFF. DURING EMERG PROCEDURES AND SUBSEQUENT LANDING ON A GOLF COURSE PLT DID NOT FEATHER PROPS OR LOWER FLAPS.

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


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER FEATHERING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LOWERING OF FLAPS..NOT SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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