NTSB Identification: ATL86LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31234.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 30, 1986 in FORT RUCKER, AL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201T, registration: N8140Y
Injuries: 2 Serious.
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 X-C FLT DEPARTED KILLEEN, TX, WITH AN INTERMEDIATE STOP AT ALEXANDRIA, LA. A PASSENGER WAS DISEMBARKED AT CAIRNS AAF AND DURING DEPARTURE FOR DOTHAN, THE AIRCRAFT'S ENGINE SPUTTERED AND LOST POWER. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES NEAR THE AIRPORT. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE ONE PILOT STATED THAT FUEL GAUGES INDICATED 3 GAL IN LEFT AND 8 GAL IN RIGHT. LESS THAN 1 GAL WAS DRAINED FROM THE LEFT TANK. THE TACHOMETER INDICATED TOTAL FLIGHT TIME OF 5.01 HOURS. THE ENGINE WAS TESTED AND RAN PROPERLY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
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