NTSB Identification: LAX91LA400.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45725.
Accident occurred Friday, September 20, 1991 in FRENCH GULCH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N6414P
Injuries: 3 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 DEPARTED NUT TREE AIRPORT, VACAVILLE, CA, FOR A 1-HOUR FLIGHT TO TRINITY CENTER, CA WITH 10 GALLONS OF FUEL. WHEN THE AIRPLANE WAS 41 MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT THE ENGINE POWER CEASED AND THE PILOT EXECUTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A SMALL BRUSHED COVERED FIELD. DURING THE LANDING ROLL THE AIRPLANE'S RIGHT WING COLLIDED WITH A MANZANITA BUSH. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THERE WAS NO FUEL REMAINING IN ANY OF THE FUEL TANKS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO REFUEL BEFORE DEPARTING ON THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT. CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE HIGH VEGETATION AND FUEL EXHAUSTION.
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