NTSB Identification: CHI88LA031.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36769.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 28, 1987 in DANVILLE, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-180, registration: N5611P
Injuries: 3 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.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE ACFT WAS FLOWN FROM DANVILLE TO ROCHELLE, IL. WHILE ON A RETURN FLT WITHOUT REFUELING, THE ENG BEGAN LOSING POWER, SO THE PLT MOVED THE FUEL SELECTOR TO THE RGT TANK (WHICH INDCD 1/4 FULL) & POWER WAS RESTORED. HOWEVER, ABOUT 2 MIN LATER, THE ENG LOST ALL POWER & WOULD NOT RESTART. THE PLT MADE AN EMERG LANDING ON A ROAD, BUT SAID HE DELAYED EXTENDING THE GEAR UNTIL THE ACFT WAS CLEAR OF POWER LINES. HE INITIATED GEAR EXTENSION, BUT THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN BEFORE THE GEAR WAS FULLY EXTENDED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT SETTLED & SKIDDED TO A STOP ON ITS BELLY. AN EXAM OF THE FUEL SYS REVEALED NO FUEL WAS REMAINING.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..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..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

GEAR DOWN AND LOCKED..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION

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