NTSB Identification: LAX86LA343.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31454.
Accident occurred Monday, August 25, 1986 in RIVERSIDE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N4083R
Injuries: 1 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.

WHILE EN ROUTE TO HAWTHORNE AIRPORT THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. DURING A CIRCLING DESCENT THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENGINE WITHOUT SUCCESS. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN 500 FT SHORT OF RWY 27 AT RIVERSIDE AIRPORT. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS ON THE LEFT MAIN WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT. EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL TANKS REVEALED THAT THE MAIN TANKS WERE EMPTY AND THE OUTBOARD TANKS CONTAINED 10 GALLONS OF FUEL EACH.

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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