NTSB Identification: LAX88LA120.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37531.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 03, 1988 in HESPERIA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-236, registration: N2184U
Injuries: 3 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 IFR FLIGHT DEPT OGD, IFR, TO RETURN TO SNA AT 1622 HRS. AT 2010 HRS THE PLT ADVISED THE LAX ARTCC CONTROLLER THAT SHE WAS LOW ON FUEL AND REQ & RCVD A RADAR VECTOR TO ONTARIO ARPT (ONT), ONTARIO, CA. AT 2024, THE PLT RPTD THAT THE AIRPLANE RAN OUT OF GAS & REQ A VECTOR TO THE NEAREST ARPT. THE CONTROLLER GAVE THE PLT A VECTOR HEADING TO HESPERIA ARPT (L26), HESPERIA, CA. RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST WITH THE FLT AT 2028 ABT 2 MILES WEST OF L26 AT 7,500 FT (ABT 4,110 FT A.G.L.). THE PLT COULD NOT FIND L26 AND ELECTED TO LAND ON A DIRT ROAD. DURING THE LANDING ROLL-OUT, THE AIRPLANES LEFT WING STRUCK A JOSHUA TREE. THE INVESTIGATION DSCLD THE AIRPLANE'S FUEL CONSUMPTION TO OGD WAS 16.572 GAL/HR. THE FLT DEPT OGD WITH 72 GALS OF FUEL AND ITS FUEL CONSUMPTION RATE WAS 17.85 GAL/HR. THE CARB TESTED WITHIN THE MANUFACTURERS SPECS & THE SPARK PLUGS DISPLAYED LEAN & RICH MIXTURE SIGNATURES.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MIXTURE..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..BRIGHT NIGHT

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