NTSB Identification: LAX86FA167.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35871.
Accident occurred Monday, April 07, 1986 in MESA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/11/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N555KS
Injuries: 5 Serious.

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.

WHILE ON THE FOURTH LEG OF AN IFR BUSINESS FLIGHT FROM STOW, OHIO TO SANTA PAULA, CALIFORNIA, THE AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED FUEL EXHAUSTION AND CRASHED ABOUT 1 1/2 MILES NORTHEAST OF FALCON FIELD (FFZ), MESA, ARIZONA. THE FLIGHT WAS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUSPICIES OF KENT STATE UNIVERSITY'S FLIGHT DEPARTMENT. ALL OF THE OCCUPANTS WERE CERTIFICATED PILOTS, TWO OF WHICH WERE CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS, INCLUDING THE UNIVERSITY'S DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS/CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR. THE PIC OF THE ACCIDENT SEGMENT WAS A CERTIFICATED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR. THE PIC NOTED ON THE FLIGHT PLAN AN ENROUTE FLIGHT TIME OF 4 HOURS, AND 5 HOURS TOTAL FUEL. THE POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY AIRPLANE PREEXISTING MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES. THE AIRPLANE'S BLOCK TIME WAS 4 HOURS AND 59 MINUTES.

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:

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


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