NTSB Identification: ATL85FA179.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28857.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 02, 1985 in KENNESAW, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N8704N
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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.

PRIOR TO TAKEOFF THE PLT AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW ADDED 20 GALLONS OF AUTOMOTIVE FUEL TO THE ACFT FUEL TANKS. THE LEVEL OF THE FUEL, ACCORDING TO THE BROTHER-IN-LAW, WAS BELOW THE FILLER NECK TABS. AFTER ABOUT THREE HRS OF FLT THE PLT RADIOED A MAYDAY AND STATED THAT HE WAS OUT OF FUEL. THE ACFT STRUCK TREES LESS THAN TWO MILES FROM MCCOLLUM ARPT. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT TANKS.

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:

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..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT MANUALS..POOR..MANUFACTURER

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