NTSB Identification: FTW88IA092.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36401.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Incident occurred Monday, April 18, 1988 in HENDERSON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N59981
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

THE PILOT EXPERIENCED TOTAL LOSS OF POWER FROM THE LEFT ENGINE AND A PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER FROM THE RIGHT ENGINE DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. THE MAIN FUEL TANKS ON WHICH THE ENGINES WERE OPERATING WERE FOUND EMPTY BUT THERE WAS AN ADEQUATE FUEL SUPPLY IN THE AUXILIARY TANKS. ALTHOUGH OPERATING IN IFR CONDITIONS, THE PILOT ACCOMPLISHED A SAFE LANDING ON AN AIRPORT. TESTS SHOWED ERRONEOUS FUEL FLOW INDICATIONS AND DEFECTIVE FUEL FLOAT SENSORS.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,FUEL QUANTITY FLOAT/SENSOR..DETERIORATED


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..UNRELIABLE

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