NTSB Identification: FTW83LA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21208.
Accident occurred Friday, January 07, 1983 in MANGUM, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-160, registration: N4171P
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 PILOT STATED THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF THE LEFT ENGINE SURGED TWICE AND QUIT. HE ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD WHICH WAS SOFT FROM MELTING SNOW. DURING ROLL OUT THE NOSE WHEEL DUG IN AND THE DRAG LINK BROKE WHICH COLLAPSED THE NOSE GEAR. THE LEFT FUEL SELECTOR CABLE HAD FROZEN CAUSING THE LEFT MAIN FUEL VALVE TO STICK IN THE OFF OR PARTIALLY OFF POSITION.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..FROZEN

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD

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