NTSB Identification: ATL89LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37905.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 01, 1988 in MONROEVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N100J
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE HAD REQUESTED THE ACFT BE FULLY SVCD WITH FUEL BEFORE TAKEOFF; HOWEVER, HE DID NOT VISUALLY CHECK THE FUEL. HE RPRTD THAT AFTER TAKEOFF, HE HAD FLOWN ABOUT 50 MIN WHEN HE NOTED THE RGT TANK, WHICH HE WAS USING, INDCD EMPTY. HE SAID HE NORMALLY FLEW FOR AN HOUR BEFORE SWITCHING TO ANOTHER TANK. BELIEVING HE HAD USED ONLY 9 GAL FROM THE 30 GAL TANK, HE ELECTED TO DELAY SWITCHING TO THE OTHER TANK. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE ENG LOST POWER. THE PLT MOVED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO THE OTHER TANK, BUT WAS UNABLE TO RESTORE SUFFICIENT POWER TO SUSTAIN FLT. SUBSEQUENTLY, DRG AN EMERG LANDING, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES & A FENCE, THEN CAME TO REST UPSIDE DOWN. THE RGT TANK WAS FOUND TO BE EMPTY; ONLY 7 GAL OF FUEL WAS DRAINED FROM THE LEFT TANK.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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