NTSB Identification: ATL83FA003
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, October 04, 1982 in DYERSBURG, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-310, registration: N1ET
Injuries: 5 Minor.

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.

AT 30 MI NORTH OF THE DESTINATION, THE INBOARD SIDE OF THE RIGHT ENG COWL POPPED LOOSE & BEGAN VIBRATING SEVERELY, THE PLT WAS CONCERNED THAT THE COWLING WOULD BREAK LOOSE & STRIKE THE VERT OF HORIZ STABILIZER SO HE FEATHERED THE R ENG. ATTHIS POINT, THE ARPT WAS ABOUT 19 MI AWAY. HOWEVER, HE STATED HE COULDN'T GET MORE THAN 28-29 INCHES OF MP ON THE L ENG & ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE R ENG. THE PROP CAME OUT OF FEATHER BUT THE ENG WOULD NOT START. THE WINDMILLING PROP CAUSED THE RATE OF DESCENT TO INCREASE & MADE A FORCED LANDING IMMINENT. DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE NOSE GR COLLAPSED & THE ACFT NOSED OVER ONTO ITS BACK. THE R ENG FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND IN THE OFF POSITION. DURING THE TEST OF THE R ENG, IT RAN NORMALLY & REACHED 34-35 INCHES OF MP WITH NO ABNORMALITIES NOTED.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STARTING PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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 SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

NACELLE/PYLON,SKIN..UNLOCKED


Contributing Factors

NACELLE/PYLON,SKIN..LOOSE


Contributing Factors

NACELLE/PYLON,SKIN..VIBRATION


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER FEATHERING..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


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