NTSB Identification: BFO90LA071.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42809.
Accident occurred Friday, August 17, 1990 in CHARLESTON, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-180, registration: CGBEG
Injuries: 2 Minor,1 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 PLT RPRTD HE SVCD THE ACFT TO THE 50 GAL LEVEL (BOTTOM OF FILLER NECKS) BEFORE DEPG ON THE 1ST LEG OF THE FLT TO ONTARIO, CANADA. ACCORDING TO HIM, THE ACFT WAS ABOUT 14 MI FROM LANDING AT CHARLESTON, WV, WHEN THE ENG LOST POWER. HE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS & THE ENG RESTARTED. THE PLT RPRTD THAT ABOUT 6 TO 8 MINS LATER, THE ENG LOST POWER AGAIN & WOULD NOT RESTART. TERRAIN IN THE AREA WAS HILLY/MOUNTAINOUS. DURING AN EMERG LNDG, THE ACFT STRUCK A TREE, THEN IMPACTED ON A ROAD & HIT A UTILITY POLE BEFORE STOPPING. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED FUEL STREAKS ALONG THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FUSELAGE, AFT OF THE ENG COWLING. A FURTHER EXAM REVEALED THE FUEL PRESSURE LINE, PN 21163-00, HAD FAILED INSIDE THE ENG COMPARTMENT. THE LINE FAILED ABT 2.5 INCHES FROM WHERE IT CONNECTED TO THE FUEL PRESSURE HOSE ASSEMBLY. A METALLURGICAL EXAM DETERMINED THE LINE HAD FAILED FROM FATIGUE.

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

FUEL EXHAUSTION DUE TO FATIGUE FAILURE OF A FUEL LINE. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN AND OBSTRUCTIONS (TREES & UTILITY POLE) IN THE EMERGENCY LANDING AREA.

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