NTSB Identification: MIA89LA029.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37940.
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 1988 in LAJAS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N4815F
Injuries: 4 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.

THE PLT FILLED THE FUEL TANKS, MADE THREE TOUCH-&-GO LANDINGS, THEN DEPARTED ON A X-COUNTRY FLT. AFTER APRX 1.5 HRS OF FLT, HE ELECTED TO REVERSE COURSE & LAND AT AN ALTERNATE ARPT SINCE HE HAD INADEQUATE FUEL TO REACH HIS DESTN. REALIZING THE FUEL SUPPLY WAS ALSO INADEQUATE TO REACH THE ALTERNATE, HE THEN ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A PVT AIRSTRIP. DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A STEEL CABLE SUPPORTED BY A DRUM (ONE OF MANY STRUNG ACROSS THE RWY TO PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED USE). THE HOBBS METER INDICATED THE PLANE HAD BEEN FLOWN 4.5 HRS SINCE REFUELING.THE PLT STATED HE DID NOT PERFORM FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS. THE LEFT & RIGHT FUEL TANKS WERE DRAINED & FOUND TO CONTAIN 1.8 & 2.6 GALLONS, RESPECTIVELY. UNUSABLE FUEL FOR EACH TANK WAS ONE GALLON.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,STATIC

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