NTSB Identification: CHI86LA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31186.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 13, 1986 in BENSON, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N3731T
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE RAN THE RIGHT FUEL TANK DRY BEFORE SWITCHING TO THE LEFT TANK IN CRUISE FLIGHT. ON FINAL APPROACH FOR A LANDING THE ENGINE BEGAN TO FALTER AND QUIT RUNNING SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE AIRCRAFT WAS LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY GEAR UP IN ROUGH TERRAIN AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. AN EXAMINATION OF BOTH FUEL TANKS FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT REVEALED APPROXIMATELY ONE QUART OF FUEL IN THE RIGHT TANK ONLY. THE FUEL GAGES WERE TESTED AND PROVED TO BE ACCURATE.

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

WHEELS UP LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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