NTSB Identification: CHI89LA028.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37899.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 23, 1988 in MARQUETTE, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N3662W
Injuries: 3 Serious,2 Minor,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.

AFTER ENCOUNTERING UNFORECAST ADVERSE WX AT HIS INTENDED DESTN, THE PLT CIRCLED THE AREA A COUPLE OF TIMES, THEN DIVERTED TO MARQUETTE, MI. HOWEVER, BEFORE REACHING THE ALTERNATE ARPT, THE ENG LOST POWER DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES DRG A NIGHT LANDING. THE PLT PLANNED TO ARRIVE AT THE ORIGINAL DESTN WITH ENOUGH FUEL TO PROCEED TO AN ALTN ARPT. HE NOTED THAT SINCE THE ACFT HAD NO EGT GAUGE, HIS ATTEMPTS TO LEAN THE MIXTURE TO A MORE EFFICIENT FUEL/AIR RATIO WERE RELATIVELY IMPRECISE.

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

DELAYED..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..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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