NTSB Identification: FTW86FRD10.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31178.
Accident occurred Monday, March 10, 1986 in KROTZ SPRINGS, LA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N40820
Injuries: 2 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT CRASHED INTO A ROAD SIGN DURING A FORCED LANDING ON A HIWAY FOLLOWING FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PLT HAD MADE A X-COUNTRY FLT AND ONLY ADDED TEN GALS OF FUEL FOR THE RETURN TRIP. HIS ESTIMATE OF FUEL REMAINING WAS INACCURATE PARTLY BECAUSE THE CARBURETOR WAS IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED AND LEAKED UNDER PRESSURE. PAST FUEL RECORDS SHOWED FUEL CONSUMPTION RANGED BETWEEN 9 & 12.5 GALS/HR. POST-ACC INVEST REVEALED THAT BOTH WING TANKS WERE EMPTY AS WERE THE FUEL FILTER AND CARBURETOR FLOAT CHAMBER.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..LEAK


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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