NTSB Identification: MKC87LA167.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34788.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 25, 1987 in HOT SPRINGS, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5683U
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 FUELED THE AIRCRAFT WITH 20 GALLONS OF 100LL FOR HIS FLIGHT TO HOT SPRINGS, AR. FORTY MILES FROM HOT SPRINGS THE LEFT FUEL TANK INDICATED EMPTY AND THE PILOT SWITCHED TO THE RIGHT TANK. APPROXIMATELY 10 MILES FROM HOT SPRINGS, THE ENGINE QUIT AND THE PILOT SWITCHED TO THE LEFT TANK. THE ENGINE RAN FOR A SHORT TIME AND QUIT. THE PILOT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN RESTARTING THE ENGINE AND LOOKED FOR A SUITABLE LANDING AREA. THE PILOT SELECTED A HIGHWAY; HOWEVER, LATE IN THE APPROACH SPOTTED TREES AND STALLED THE AIRCRAFT NEAR THE TREE TOPS.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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