NTSB Identification: ATL01LA047.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 03, 2001 in LAKELAND, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Bell OH-58A, registration: N921MC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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This was the first flight following a maintenance inspection. The pilot followed the manufacturers normal operating checklist and began a test flight. Approximately 2 minutes after takeoff, the engine lost power and quit. The fuel valve switch was found in the OFF position. The pilot did not check the position of the fuel valve prior to takeoff. The thru-flight checklist did not mention a fuel switch check during engine start. An expanded checklist includes the item.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOTS FAILURE TO PROPERLY USE THE HELICOPTER CHECKLIST
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