NTSB Identification: SEA88LA182.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37259.
Accident occurred Monday, September 19, 1988 in BEND, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8765P
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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

AT APRX 1239 PDT, WHILE ON AN IFR X-COUNTRY FLT AT 14,000', THE ACFT ENCTRD ICING CONDS. DRG THE NEXT 1.4 HRS, THE PLT CHANGED ALTITUDE IN INCREMENTS, CLIMBING TO 17,000', THEN DESCENDING TO 11,000' TO AVOID ICING. AT APRX 1411 PDT, HE INDCD THE ENG HAD LOST POWER & SUBSEQUENTLY SAID THE PROP WAS WINDMILLING. AT THAT POINT, THE ACFT WAS STILL SOME 20 TO 30 MI FROM THE DESTN. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO GLIDE TO AN ARPT. DRG AN EMERG LANDING, THE LEFT WING HIT A TREE & THE ACFT CRASHED. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND PSND TO FEED FROM THE RGT TANK, BUT THE RGT TANK HAD NO FUEL REMAINING. ONLY ABOUT 1 QUART OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE RGT AUX TANK. THE LEFT TANKS HAD RUPTURED & WERE EMPTY, BUT NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL SPILLING WAS FOUND.

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

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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