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N9122W accident description

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Crash location 35.937500°N, 103.116111°W
Nearest city Amistad, NM
35.918926°N, 103.153830°W
2.5 miles away
Tail number N9122W
Accident date 30 May 2008
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-235
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

While in cruise flight the private pilot experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot attempted an engine restart, but could not restore engine power. The pilot then elected to perform a forced landing to a plowed field. Upon touchdown, the gear contacted ruts in the ground resulting in a collapse of the landing gear. An examination of the airplane revealed that the housing encasing the fuel selector had been recently replaced with an incorrect housing which impeded movement of the fuel selector to all fuel tanks. The pilot reported that post-maintenance test flights did not detect the incorrect installation.

NTSB Probable Cause

Fuel starvation while in cruise flight. Contributing to the accident were incorrect maintenance, the fuel selector movement was impeded and a plowed field.

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