NTSB Identification: MKC89LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37466.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, October 15, 1988 in CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N5378F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

WHILE CONDUCTING A PART 135 AIR TAXI OPERATION, THE PILOT SAID HIS ENGINE BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH ABOUT 7 MILES FROM HIS DESTINATION APT. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES WERE INITIATED AND A CALL TO THE CONTROL TOWER DECLARING AN EMERGENCY WAS MADE. UNABLE TO REACH THE APT, THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT 1 MILE SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ENGINE FAILED DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE ACFT HAD BEEN CONVERTED TO A LARGER, MORE POWERFUL ENGINE WITH SUBSEQUENT INCREASED FUEL CONSUMPTION.

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 CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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