NTSB Identification: FTW85LA255.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28050.
Accident occurred Monday, June 10, 1985 in TAHLEQUAH, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N1601S
Injuries: 5 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 STATED THE ACFT WAS IN FLT SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THREE HRS AFTER IT WAS REFUELED, BEFORE FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED. THE ACFT REPORTEDLY WAS LEANED DURING THE FLT. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY FUEL SYSTEM LEAKS. REASON FOR THE FUEL EXHAUSTION IS UNDETERMINED AS THE ACFT HAS AN ENDURANCE OF APRX 4.8 HRS. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN A FLD, AT NIGHT, AND THE ACFT WAS INTENTIONALLY GROUND LOOPED TO AVOID A DIRT BANK.

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

FLUID,FUEL..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


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