NTSB Identification: LAX96LA170.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 14, 1996 in SANTA PAULA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250, registration: N6415P
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 pilot planned to fly from Van Nuys to Santa Paula to purchase fuel at a discount. He indicated that upon takeoff a total of 44 gallons of fuel were in the four fuel tanks. According to the pilot, during the flight no mechanical problems were experienced. Approaching Santa Paula, the engine lost all power, and the pilot made a forced landing. The airplane collided with rough terrain within 1 mile of the runway. Recovery personal picked up the airplane and reported finding between 7 and 8 gallons of fuel upon draining the wings from the fuselage belly sump drain. The engine was subsequently test run, and no discrepancies or malfunctions were observed. According to the Piper Aircraft Corp., the nominal 75 percent engine power fuel consumption rate is about 14 gallons per hour.

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

fuel starvation due to the pilot's failure to monitor fuel tank quantities and to assure that the fuel tank selector was positioned to a tank containing adequate fuel.

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