NTSB Identification: CHI83LA032
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 07, 1982 in BOSTON HEIGHTS, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1983
Aircraft: TEMCO GC-1B, registration: N78309
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE LOST POWER ABRUPTLY AS HE WAS CLIMBING THROUGH ABOUT 200 FT AGL AFTER TAKEOFF. DURING A FORCED LANDING, HE MANEUVERED TO AVOID HOUSES AND ATTEMPTED TO LAND BETWEEN TWO TREES. REPORTEDLY, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A TREE AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. DURING AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT, THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND BETWEEN THE "AUXILIARY" AND "OFF" POSITIONS. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE THOUGHT THE SELECTOR WAS IN THE "MAIN" POSITION. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO PREIMPACT FAILURE/MALFUNCTION.

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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