NTSB Identification: ATL00FA021.
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Accident occurred Monday, January 03, 2000 in CORDESVILLE, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-180, registration: N5703P
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Approximately five hours and fifteen minutes into the flight, the pilot radioed Approach Control and requested landing. Minutes after the initial radio contact, the pilot reported that the airplane had run out of fuel. The pilot was issued radar vectors to the nearest airport. Seconds later, radio and radar contact was lost. Within about two minutes an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal was reported by another airplane flying in the vicinity of the downed airplane. The accident airplane was located by the ground search operation the morning following the accident. Examination of the airframe also failed to disclose a mechanical malfunction or the failure of related component assemblies. Approximately 1/2 gallon of fuel was recovered from the right fuel tank. The left fuel tank was ruptured. The engine operated up to 1700 rpm during the functional engine check.

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

The pilot's inadequate inflight planning that resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent loss of engine power.

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