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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201976
Last updated: 2 October 2019
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Date:21-FEB-1999
Time:12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-250
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N8309P
C/n / msn: 24-3559
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Everglades City, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:XO1
Destination airport:Key West, FL (EYW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot stated his engine run-up, power application, and rotation on takeoff appeared normal until the airplane settled back onto the runway and would not respond to further pitch control inputs. He had no sensory perception of power loss, but the airplane would not fly and he lost directional control off the right side of the runway into trees. Subsequent examination of the airplane by FAA Inspectors revealed that the fuel selector valve was in the 'off' position and no fuel was in the fuel lines to the carburetor or primer.
Probable Cause: The failure of the PIC to maintain directional control on takeoff roll following a loss of power brought about by fuel starvation due to the PIC's failure to verify the proper setting of the fuel selector valve, and the subsequent collision with trees during the attempt to abort the takeoff.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001205X00215&key=1


Revision history:

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