NTSB Identification: NYC82FGT09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 25, 1982 in ANNVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N6909J
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.

DURING TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AT ABOUT 150 FT AGL. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE STARTED WHEN HE SWITCHED FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT FUEL TANK, BUT STOPPED AGAIN. HE ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT, BUT WAS UNABLE. THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER DURING LANDING ON SOFT TERRAIN ABOUT 1/4 MILE FROM THE AIRPORT. THE LEFT WING, FUEL TANK VENT WAS BLOCKED; HOWEVER, THE SAFETY HOLE ABOVE AND BEHIND THE VENT WAS OPEN. ALSO, BOTH FUEL TANK CAP VENTS WERE FUNCTIONAL. AN OPERATIONAL CHECK OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO PREIMPACT FAILURE, EXCEPT IT WAS NOTED THAT THE NO. 3 BOTTOM SPARK PLUG LEAD WAS SHORTED AT A CUT NEAR THE PLUG TERMINAL.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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