NTSB Identification: ATL82DA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 06, 1982 in TAZEWELL, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/06/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N7841P
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

THE PILOT STATED THAT THE ENGINE FAILED AT 8000 FT IN CLEAR AIR AND LEVEL FLIGHT. HE IMMEDIATELY ATTEMPTED TO SWITCH THE FUEL SELECTOR TO ONE OF THE TWO REMAINING FULL FUEL TANKS BUT THE SELECTOR WOULD NOT MOVE. AFTER REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO SWITCH TANKS USING A PAIR OF PLIERS A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE ON A SNOW COVERED ROLLING FIELD. THE LANDING WAS MADE UPHILL AND THE LEFT WING CONTACTED A FENCE POST ON LANDING ROLL. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS FROZEN WATER IN THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE.

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

FLUID,FUEL..ICE

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

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..JAMMED



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..UPHILL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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