NTSB Identification: FTW84FA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23480.
Accident occurred Friday, December 23, 1983 in TAOS, NM
Aircraft: BEECH H35, registration: N7933D
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 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 PLT STATED THAT A NEW FUEL SYSTEM HAD JUST RECENTLY BEEN INSTALLED IN MIAMI, FL & HE FORGOT ABOUT THE NEW SYSTEM WHILE SWITCHING TANKS & ACCIDENTLY TURNED IT TO THE OFF POSITION. WHEN THE ENG QUIT HE REALIZED WHAT HE HAD DONE & SWITCHED BACK TO A FULL TANK. HE JUST HAD THE ENG RESTARTED WHEN THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AT THE 10,500 FT LEVEL OF A MOUNTAIN. A SMALL AMOUNT OF COCAINE & $19,200 IN CASH WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT. THE PLT HAD HELD A PRIVATE PLT'S CERTIFICATE WITH SINGLE & MULTI-ENG LAND RATINGS WHICH WAS REVOKED IN 1981 BECAUSE OF FAR VIOLATIONS.

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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