Sat, Apr 28, 2007
South Dakota Crash Claimed One, Injured Five
NTSB says pilot error was likely the cause of a 2006 Piper Cherokee
crash that killed one person and injured five in South Dakota.
In its report, the NTSB said on-scene examination of the cockpit
fuel selector was found to be positioned between the left and right
fuel tanks. The loss of engine power during takeoff-initial climb
was "due to the pilot's failure to correctly position the fuel
selector, which resulted in fuel starvation and a forced
As ANN reported, Colt
Gunderson was among a group of children who were taking a ride
around the pattern at Pierre Regional Airport January 14 on the
Cherokee, as part of a birthday party, when the plane went down
seconds after takeoff. The aircraft impacted a ravine at the south
end of the runway.
Gunderson, 11, died in the accident, while the four other
children and pilot Clint Peitz were seriously injured.
Pietz had made one trip, and was taking off with a second group
when the accident occurred.
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