NTSB Identification: CHI94LA207.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, June 21, 1994 in LAKE STATION, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N4572X
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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 FLIGHT DEPARTED FT. MEADE, MARYLAND, AT 0822 EASTERN STANDARD TIME, WITH THE INTENDED DESTINATION OF GARY, INDIANA. AT 1219 THE PILOT REPORTED TO ATC THAT THE AIRPLANE HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL. A FORCED LANDING WAS PLANNED ON A FREEWAY OFF-RAMP; HOWEVER, DUE TO HIGHWAY TRAFFIC THE LANDING WAS MADE ADJACENT TO THE RAMP IN ROUGH AND UNEVEN TERRAIN. INSPECTION REVEALED ONLY UNUSABLE FUEL REMAINING IN THE FUEL TANKS. NO LEAKS IN THE SYSTEM WERE FOUND.

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

the pilot-in-command's inattention to the fuel supply. A factor was rough and uneven terrain.

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