NTSB Identification: DEN85LA129.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27640.
Accident occurred Monday, May 06, 1985 in TUCUMCARI, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N3067L
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.

THE ACFT CONTACTED A TREE AND A DITCH DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER A LOSS OF PWR DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE RIGHT FUEL GAGE REPORTEDLY INDICATED 6-8 GALLONS OF FUEL IN THE RIGHT TANK WHEN 50 MILES FROM TUCUMCARI MUNICIPAL ARPT. THE PLT REPORTED HE WAS 'APPROXIMATELY TEN MINUTES OUT,' WHEN HE NOTICED A SUDDEN LOSS OF FUEL ON THE FUEL GAGE AND THE FUEL PRESSURE DROPPED TO 'NIL' FOLLOWED BY A TOTAL LOSS OF PWR. THE ACFT WAS LANDED IN A FIELD APRX 1 1/2 MILES SHORT OF THE RWY. TOTAL TIME OF THE FLT WAS 4 HRS 15 MINUTES. THE ACFT USABLE FUEL CAPACITY IS 48 GALLONS AND THE OPERATING MANUAL STATES THE ACFT USES APRX 10 GPH IN CRUISE FLT.

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:

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



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