NTSB Identification: BFO88FA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38243.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 12, 1988 in ARLINGTON, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: CGGNH
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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.

THE ACFT HAD A TOTAL LOSS OF ENG POWER ABOUT 7 MILES SHORT OF THE DESTINATION NECESSITATING A FORCED LANDING IN A SCHOOLYARD. THE ACFT HAD BEEN FLOWN ABOUT 4.4 HRS SINCE IT WAS LAST REFUELED. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED LESS THAN A GALLON OF FUEL ABOARD. THE PLT SAID HE USED ABOUT 60 PERCENT POWER AT 7500 FT MSL DURING THE FLIGHT. THIS COMPUTES TO ABOUT 7 GPH FUEL FLOW. THE PLT SAID HE LEANED THE FUEL MIXTURE UNTIL ENG RPM DROPPED AND THEN ENRICHED UNTIL THE PREVIOUS RPM SETTING WAS RESTORED. THE CARB HEAT WAS FOUND IN THE ON POSITION ALTHOUGH THE PLT SAID HE DID NOT OPERATE IT WHEN POWER LOSS OCCURRED. THIS WAS THE PLT FIRST FLIGHT IN THIS MODEL/SERIES ACFT AFTER RECEIVING A 0.4 HRS CHECKOUT IN IT.

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..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

FUEL SUPPLY..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MIXTURE..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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