NTSB Identification: MKC88LA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36598.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 06, 1988 in MOUND CITY, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N7703J
Injuries: 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 PIC, AFTER AN EARLIER LNDG AT TARKIO, MISSOURI AND AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO REACH HIS FISHING PARTNER, FLEW HIS ACFT TO AND LANDED AT ST. JOSEPH ROSECRANS ARPT. AFTER CONTACTING HIS FRIEND, AND CATCHING A FEW HOURS OF SLEEP, THE PIC MADE AN EARLY MORNING DEPARTURE FOR TARKIO, LOCATED NORTHWEST OF ST. JOSEPH. THE PIC RPTD FOG FORMING DURING THE FLT AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE TARKIO ARPT WAS NOT MADE. AFTER 2 ATTEMPTS TO LOCATE THE ARPT THE PIC MODIFIED HIS COURSE TO LAND AT ANOTHER ARPT HE HAD SPOTTED EARLIER. THE PIC RPTD THAT FOG HAD NOW OBSCURED THAT ARPT AND HE TURNED AND HEADED SOUTHWEST. AS A LAST RESORT THE PIC PLANNED TO ATTEMPT A LNDG ON THE INTERSTATE HWY NEAR MOUND CITY. THE PIC RPTD EXHAUSTING HIS FUEL SUPPLY BEFORE REACHING THE INTERSTATE AND A FORCED LNDG WAS EXECUTED TO A FIELD NORTHWEST OF MOUND CITY, MISSOURI. THE PIC STATED HE HAD KNOWLEDGE OF THE POTENTIAL OF ENCOUNTERING DETERIORATING WX BUT PRESSED ON KNOWING HIS DEST WAS ONLY 20 MINUTES AWAY.

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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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