NTSB Identification: ANC83FA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20489.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 17, 1983 in CHUGIAK, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N1827A
Injuries: 1 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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A TREE DURING A FORCED LANDING AND NOSED OVER. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE MADE THE TAKEOFF WITH THE FUEL SELECTOR IN THE LEFT TANK POSITION. VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE LEFT TANK REVEALED NO FUEL IN THE TANK EXCEPT FOR RESIDUAL FUEL. TEST OF THE FUEL REMAINING INDICATED USE OF AUTOMOTIVE GASOLINE.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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