NTSB Identification: LAX87LA311.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36218.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 23, 1987 in LONG BEACH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N9144T
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 INDICATED THAT 10 MIN FROM HIS DESTINATION HE BECAME CONCERNED THAT THE FUEL GAUGES READ 'NEAR ZERO.' THE PLT ELECTED TO DIVERT TO ANOTHER APRT, WHICH WAS CLOSED. THE PLT MAINTAINED HIS ALT IN CASE OF POWER LOSS. THE PLT STATED, 'I ALSO BECAME GLUED TO THE GAS GAUGES AND THE ENGINE RPM.' THE PLT THEN INDICATED THAT HE REALIZED THAT HE WAS ABOUT 2,000 FT TOO HIGH ON FINAL APRCH. HE THEN REDUCED THE THROTTLE AND PLACED THE ACFT IN A SLIP. ACCORDING TO THE PLT THE RATE OF DESCENT AND A/S WERE HIGH AND HE DID NOT LOWER ANY FLAPS. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN MIDFIELD ON THE 6,192 FT LONG RWY WITH AN INDICATED A/S OF 126 MPH. THE PLT FURTHER INDICATED THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO GET A ROOM IN LAS VEGAS THE NIGHT PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT AND DID NOT GET ANY SLEEP. HE STATED IN HIS REPORT THAT FATIGUE DUE TO THE LACK OF SLEEP AFFECTED HIS JUDGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE. THE ACFT RAN OFF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY AND COLLIDED WITH A DIRT BANK.

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

AIRSPEED(VREF)..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LOWERING OF FLAPS..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL



Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORTED LANDING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE(LACK OF SLEEP)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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