NTSB Identification: LAX83LA263.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21649.
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 1983 in MOLOKAI, HI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N31914
Injuries: 4 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 HAD JUST BEEN CHECKED OUT IN A C-172 WHICH HE HAD BEEN FLYING THE PAST 3 DAYS. HE THEN SWITCHED ACFT AND THIS FLT WAS IN A PA-28. THE C-172 TANK SELECTOR HAS A BOTH TANKS POSITION AND THE PA-28 DOES NOT. THE TANK SELECTOR WAS ON LEFT TANK WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT SWITCHED TO ANOTHER POSITION BUT DID NOT CHECK IT VISUALLY DUE TO LOW ALTITUDE. AFTER THE LANDING THE SELECTOR WAS FOUND TO BE BETWEEN THE LEFT AND RIGHT TANK. THE LEFT TANK WAS EMPTY, THE RIGHT TANK WAS FULL.

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 USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE INITIAL TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD

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