NTSB Identification: ATL87FA012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32616.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 28, 1986 in LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/07/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N3285W
Injuries: 2 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.

ABOUT 20 MIN AFTER TAKEOFF, WHILE CRUISING AT 6500', THE ENG LOST POWER. RPRTDLY, THE ENG WENT TO EITHER IDLE OR A WIND-MILLING COND & THE FUEL PRESSURE DROPPED TO ZERO. THE PLT TRIED TO RESTART THE ENG BY USING EMERG PROCEDURES, BUT WAS UNABLE. HE INITIALLY TRIED TO CONTACT ATLANTA APCH CTL (SATELLITE RADAR-P POSITION/SAT-P) WHEN THE ACFT WAS APRX 12 MI NW OF GWINNETT CO ARPT; HOWEVER, HE HAD DIFFICULTY MAKING RDO CONTACT. AFTER CONTACT WAS MADE, HE DECLARED A 'MAYDAY SITUATION,' & 47 SEC LATER, HE WAS PROVIDED A VECTOR TO THE ARPT & WAS ADVISED IT WAS 7 MI AHEAD. SVRL SUBSEQUENTLY RDO CALLS WERE BLOCKED BY OTHER ACFT USING THE SAME FREQ. WHEN THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO GLIDE TO THE ARPT, HE STARTED A TURN TOLND ON A ROAD, BUT THE ACFT HIT A TREE, THEN CRASHED INTO A UTILITY POLE & HOUSE & BURNED. NEARBY PERSONS REMOVED THE OCCUPANTS FM THE ACFT, BUT THE ACFT, HOUSE & 2 CARS WERE BADLY BURNED. NO REASON WAS FND FOR LOSS OF FUEL PRESSURE & ENGPOWER. DOWNING & MATHIS AIRSTRIPS WERE LOCATED APRX 15 & 12 MI NW OF GWINNETT CO ARPT, APRX 3 MI RGT OF ACFT'S FLT PATH.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..RESIDENCE

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