NTSB Identification: FTW83LA281.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22705.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 16, 1983 in FORREST CITY, AR
Aircraft: CESSNA 172I, registration: N35520
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 ACFT EXPERIENCED POWER FAILURE FROM ABOUT 20 FEET AGL DURING TAKEOFF FROM A PRIVATE GRASS STRIP. A WITNESS HEARD THEENGINE SPIT AND POP DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL. HE SAID IT SOUNDED JUST LIKE HIS OLD PICKUP WHEN IT RUNS OUT OF GAS. AFTER THE ACCIDENT THE CARBURETOR BOWL WAS EXAMINED BY A MECHANIC WHO SAID IT CONTAINED A SMALL AMOUNT OF FUEL WITH NO TRASH OR WATER. THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS 1/3 TO 1/2 FULL BUT THE RIGHT TANK HAD ONLY SEVEN QUARTS OF FUEL WITH ABOUT 6 DROPS OF WATER PRESENT. THE 7 QUARTS WERE COLLECTED BY REMOVING THE WING FROM THE ACFT BEFORE DRAINING IT. THE RESCUE PERSONNEL SAID THEY TURNED OFF THE FUEL BUT THE SELECTOR HAD BEEN ON THE RIGHT TANK WHEN THEY ARRIVED. THE OPERATORS FUEL MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE IS TO USE ONE HALF OF ONE TANK THEN SWITCH TANKS AND RUN THE OPPOSITE TANK DRY.

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CHECKLIST..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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