NTSB Identification: ATL95LA024.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, December 07, 1994 in N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N8075S
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE FLIGHT, WHICH ORIGINATED FROM LINDEN, NEW JERSEY AROUND 1630 EASTERN STANDARD TIME, COLLIDED WITH APPROACH LIGHTS AND TERRAIN DURING A FORCED LANDING AT NORTH MYRTLE BEACH AIRPORT. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE QUIT, WHILE ON A TWO MILE FINAL TO RUNWAY 23. ALTHOUGH BOTH FUEL TANK GAUGES READ EMPTY, THE PILOT BELIEVED THE LEFT FUEL GAUGE WAS INACCURATE. DURING THE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION, NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN EITHER FUEL TANK AND THE LEFT FUEL CAP WAS MISSING FROM THE LEFT WING. THE RIGHT FUEL CAP WAS PLACED ON THE LEFT FUEL TANK AND IT FUNCTIONED NORMALLY.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO PROPERLY PRE-FLIGHT THE AIRPLANE TO ENSURE THE LEFT FUEL TANK COVER WAS PROPERLY SECURED.

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