NTSB Identification: LAX88LA012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34121.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 11, 1987 in PORTERVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N4120F
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.

DURING A NORMAL DESCENT, THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER. THE PILOT EXECUTED AN EMERGENCY DESCENT AND FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD. AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THERE WAS NO FUEL IN THE FUEL TANKS. DURING A TELEPHONE INTERVIEW, THE PILOT STATED THAT HE 'RAN OUT OF GAS'. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS REPORTED PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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