NTSB Identification: DEN86LA221.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32338.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 07, 1986 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N7681P
Injuries: 4 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 PLT RPRTD THE ACFT WAS REFUELED TO CAPACITY AT LONGMONT, CO. FULL CAPACITY SHOULD HAVE PROVIDED AT LEAST 3.6 HRS OF FLYING TIME AT NORMAL CONSUMPTION. AFTER REFUELING, THE ACFT WAS FLOWN 1.3 HRS TO FOWLER, CO, WHERE IT REMAINED PARKED FOR A WEEK. THE PLT THEN DEPARTED ON A FLT TO ALBUQUERQUE, NM. AFTER 1.3 HRS OF FLT TIME, THE ENG LOST PWR. DURING AN EMERG LANDING ON AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY, THE RGT WING OF THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A BRIDGE RAILING. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE LOSS OF PWR WAS DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PLT SAID HE LOOKED IN THE FUEL TANKS DRG A PREFLIGHT INSPN. HE NOTED THERE WAS FUEL IN BOTH TANKS, BUT HE DID NOT ASCERTAIN THE QUANTITY. ALSO, HE RPRTD THAT THE FUEL GAGES WERE NOT RELIABLE. HE BELIEVED THAT FUEL WAS STOLEN FROM THE ACFT WHILE IT WAS PARKED AT FOWLER.

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

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION

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