NTSB Identification: ATL88LA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35770.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 29, 1987 in NORTHPORT, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N8121T
Injuries: 2 Serious,2 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.

BEFORE REACHING THE ARPT, THE ENG LOST POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED DURING AN EMERG LANDING ON AN EMBANKMENT ABOUT 1.5 MI SHORT OF RWY 29. ONLY ABOUT 1 CUP OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN EACH FUEL TANK. THE PLT THOUGHT THERE WAS ABOUT 12 GAL OF FUEL REMAINING BEFORE THE ENG LOST POWER. HOWEVER, THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER NOTED THAT THE LEFT & RGT TANK GAUGES WERE INDICATING 'EMPTY' & THE CENTER GAUGE WAS INDICATING WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS 10 TO 12 GAL OF FUEL. THE ACFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH ONLY 2 FUEL TANKS & HAD NO 3RD AUX TANK. THE CENTER GAUGE WAS A FUEL SYS PRESSURE GAUGE.

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

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

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..MISREAD..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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