NTSB Identification: NYC89LA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38392.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 03, 1988 in CHAMBERSBURG, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N2179Y
Injuries: 2 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 PILOT OF THE PIPER PA-28 WAS AT CRUISE ALTITUDE AND GETTING ADVISORIES FROM ATC. ATC GAVE HIM A SIGMET FOR TURBULENCE WHEN HE NOTED HIS FUEL WAS GETTING LOW. HE DECIDED TO LAND AT A NEARBY AIRPORT AND WAS TOLD BY ATC THAT THE AIRPORT HE WANTED WAS AT HIS 12 O'CLOCK POSITION AND 8 MILES. RADAR SERVICE WAS THEN TERMINATED AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE AIRCRAFT RAN OUT OF FUEL. THE PILOT COULD NOT FIND THE AIRPORT AND TRIED TO LAND ON A HIGHWAY. AS HE LINED UP WITH THE HIGHWAY TO LAND THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK SOME TREES AND A ROAD SIGN. WHEN THE ACFT CONTACTED THE GROUND THE NOSE WHEEL COLLAPSED AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER. THE ACFT SLID 150-200 FT BEFORE STOPPING AGAINST A GUARD RAIL.

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..COLLAPSED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..SIGN

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