NTSB Identification: LAX84FA057.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23205.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 10, 1983 in INGLEWOOD, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2570V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 STUDENT SAID THAT THE ENG LOST POWER & HE INITIATED AN EMERGENCY LANDING. HE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS, APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT & CHECKED THE MAGNETOS. HOWEVER, BEFORE LANDING, THE ENG RESTARTED & THE STUDENT APPLIED FULL POWER & BEGAN TO CLIMB, NOT REALIZING THERE WERE POWER LINES AHEAD. THE ACFT STRUCK THE LINES, THEN CRASHED INTO A FREEWAY GUARD RAIL & AN AUTOMOBILE BEFORE COMING TO REST ON A HIGHWAY. THE LEFT WING BEGAN BURNING & THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. ONLY 1/2 GAL OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT TANK. THE TEMP & DEW POINT WERE 67 & 58 DEG, RESPECTIVELY. ACCORDING TO ICING PROBABILITY CHARTS, SERIOUS CARBURETOR ICE WOULD BE PROBABLE AT GLIDE POWER & VISIBLE ICING WOULD OCCUR AT RATED POWER. ALSO, THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT IF THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS MOVED TO AN ITERMEDIATE POSITION BEYOND THE OFF POSITION, NO FUEL WOULD FLOW TO THE ENG.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK





Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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