NTSB Identification: MIA85LA033.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26510.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 15, 1984 in TITUSVILLE, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172C, registration: N1554Y
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, AFTER HE WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN STARTING THE ACFT ENG HE SWITCHED OFF THE MAGNETOS AND MASTER SWITCH AND EXITED THE ACFT. LATER, DURING THE PROCESS OF MOVING THE PROPELLER TO A POSITION TO CLEAR A HAND TOE BAR, THE ACFT STARTED, TAXIED ACROSS THE AIRPORT AND TOOKOFF. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE MAGNETO KEY SELECTOR SWITCH DID NOT HAVE THE GROUNDING LEAD CONNECTED TO THE RT MAGNETO POSITION ALLOWING THE MAGNETO TO BE 'HOT' WHEN THE SELECTOR WAS IN THE OFF POSITION. THE ACFT WAS FOUND ABOUT 1/4 MI FROM THE AIRPORT WHERE IT HAD CRASHED INTO TREES.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER

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