NTSB Identification: CHI83FET02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20941.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 13, 1983 in FORT WAYNE, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N77372
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 ENGINE QUIT AT ABOUT 50 FT AGL DURING THE SECOND TAKEOFF NEAR MID RWY. THE PILOT TRIED TO RESTART THE ENGINE AND LOST THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO LAND ON THE REMAINING RWY. THE ACFT LANDED IN AN ADJOINING SOYBEAN FIELD. THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY. THE RIGHT TANK WAS 3/4 FULL AND THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND ON THE RIGHT ENGINE. NO FUEL WAS IN THE SYSTEM FROM THE FIREWALL FORWARD.

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..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD

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