NTSB Identification: ATL87LA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33160.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 15, 1987 in ALBANY, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N4353P
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.

PLT DEPTD BOWLING GREEN WITH A LISTED 5.0 HRS FUEL ON BD. AFTER 3 HR 35 MIN HE ARRIVED OVER DEST AFTER EXHAUSTING FUEL IN THE RT TANK ABT 30 MIN PRIOR. HE STATED THAT THE OTHER TANK WAS ABT 1/2 FULL AT THE TIME. 15 MIN AFTER RT TANK EXHAUSTION THE PLT REQ HIS FIRST WX UPDATE AT DEST. IT WAS AT MIN. AFTER ARP OVER DEST THE EFC TIME WAS ABOUT 25 MIN. LATER. AT THE EFC THE PLT WAS CLRD TO APCH CONT AND TOLD TO EFC 1 HR LATER. THE PLT IND THAT HE COULD NOT HOLD THAT LONG. HE REQ THAT APCH 'LEAP FROG' HIM PAST THE OTHER TRAFFIC APCH DENIED AND PLT REQ DIVERSION TO ANOTHER APT. HE WAS CLRD TO VALDOSTA BUT WAS TOLD THAT APCH GAVE HIM TWO OTHER CHOICES, STAY IN PAT. OR DEC EMER AND WOULD BE WORKED IN PLT REQ PRIORITY INST OF EMER AND WAS DENIED. PLT WAS CLRD FOR ILS APCH. AT 1821 THE PLT RADIOED MY ENG JUST QUIT. HE THEN RADIOED TWR THAT HE HAD HIT SOME WIRES AND WAS DOWN OFF THE ARPT BUT WAS OK. TOT FLT TIME ABT 4 HRS. 40 MIN.

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

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

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

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..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:

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND



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