NTSB Identification: FTW89LA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38029.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 14, 1989 in HENRYETTA, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-160, registration: N9023D
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.

THE PILOT SAID HE ENCOUNTERED UNFORECAST STRONG HEADWINDS AND BLOWING DUST. WHEN HE WAS 30 NM FROM HIS DESTINATION, HE LET THE LEFT FUEL TANK RUN DRY AND SWITCHED TO THE RIGHT TANK WHICH HAD 3.5 GALLONS REMAINING. HE WAS UNABLE TO GET THE ENGINE RUNNING AGAIN, AND MADE A FORCED LANDING. HE RAN INTO TREES DURING THE LANDING ROLL.

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

THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FROM FUEL STARVATION DUE TO INADEQUATE INFLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION.

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