NTSB Identification: FTW89DRD02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38261.
Accident occurred Monday, January 16, 1989 in BOGALUSA, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N8782L
Injuries: 1 Minor.

THE ENGINE QUIT APPROXIMATELY FOUR MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF, AND THE AIRPLANE HIT THE TOPS OF TREES THEN THE GROUND DURING THE FORCED LANDING. THE PILOT HAD STOPPED AT TWO AIRPORTS WHERE HE WAS UNABLE TO GET FUEL. HE SAID HE SAW ENOUGH FUEL IN THE TANK TO RUN THE ENGINE FOR FROM 45 MINUTES TO AN HOURS, AND THE GAUGE INDICATED 12 TO 13 GALLONS BEFORE TAKEOFF. THE ENGINE WAS INSTALLED IN ANOTHER AIRFRAME AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND IT STARTED AND RAN NORMALLY.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO REFUEL THE AIRPLANE PRIOR TO THE LAST TAKEOFF RESULTING IN AN INADEQUATE FUEL SUPPLY FOR THE FLIGHT.

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