NTSB Identification: CHI89LA004.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38878.
Accident occurred Monday, October 10, 1988 in INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/16/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N8112T
Injuries: 4 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.

THE PILOT AND HIS FAMILY OF THREE WERE RETURNING FROM A VACATION IN FLORIDA. THEY MADE A FUEL STOP AT COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, THEN TRIED TO FLY NON-STOP FROM THERE TO KOKOMO, INDIANA. ABOUT 50 MILES SHORT OF THE INTENDED DESTINATION, THE ENGINE LOST POWER DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LAND (AT NIGHT) IN A FIELD NEAR A RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION. HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A POWER LINE, THEN CRASHED INTO A GROVE OF TREES.

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

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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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