NTSB Identification: NYC87LA255.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34395.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 15, 1987 in EMMAUS, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N15793
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DRG FLT, THE ENG LOST POWER OVER A RESIDENTIAL AREA & THE PLT SELECTED A SMALL FENCED-IN OPENING FOR AN EMERGENCY LNDG. HE SAID HE CRASHED NOSEWHEEL 1ST, THEN SKIDDED INTO A CYCLONE FENCE. AFTER THE ACDNT, THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FND POSITIONED TO THE RGT TANK WHICH WAS EMPTY. THE LEFT TANK STILL HAD 18 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINING. THE PLT SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN TRAINED IN CESSNA 150 & 152 ACFT WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE MANUALLY CHANGING FUEL TANKS. ALSO, HE STATED THAT 'IN A CRUISE SITUATION, THE THOUGHT OF CHANGING TANKS NEVER ENTERED MY MIND.' HE HAD ONLY 97 HRS TOTAL TIME WITH 5 HRS IN THIS MAKE & MODEL OF ACFT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..NOT CORRECTED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRANSITION/UPGRADE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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