NTSB Identification: LAX82DA159
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 15, 1982 in PAULDEN, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/15/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA-5B, registration: N34ER
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

DURING A SIMULATED FORCED LANDING AFTER FOLLOWING THE PRESCRIBED RESTART PROCEDURES THE STUDENT, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE INSTRUCTOR, EXECUTED HER SECURING PROCEDURES. IT WAS THE INSTRUCTOR'S POLICY TO LET THE STUDENT ACTUALLY MOVE THE PROPER CONTROL THEN HE WOULD IMMEDIATELY PLACE IT BACK IN THE PROPER POSITION. THE STUDENT TURNED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO THE OFF POSITION BUT THE INSTRUCTOR FAILED TO SWITCH IT BACK. AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 550 FEET AGL THE INSTRUCTOR TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AND APPLIED GO-AROUND POWER. WHEN THE ENGINE FAILED TO PRODUCE POWER THE INSTRUCTOR NOTICED THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS IN THE OFF POSITION. HE IMMEDIATELY TURNED IT TO THE LEFT TANK BUT HAD TO ACCOMPLISH A FORCED LANDING BECAUSE THE ENGINE FAILED TO REGAIN POWER. TOUCHDOWN WAS HARD AND THE AIRPLANE SWERVED TO A RESTING POSITION ABOUT 180 DEGREES DIVERGENT FROM THE LANDING DIRECTION.

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..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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