NTSB Identification: LAX85LA303.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29726.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 04, 1985 in SANTA MARIA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N7198P
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 PILOT REPORTED TO THE TOWER, WHILE ON BASE LEG, THAT HE WAS OUT OF FUEL. HE THEN LANDED SHORT AND CONTACTED A FENCE AND A TREE ON THE LANDING ROLL. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT CONTAINED 45 GALLONS OF FUEL WHEN HE DEPARTED AND THAT HE HAD FLOWN FOR ONE HOUR 39 MINUTES WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER. RECOVERY PERSONNEL CONFIRMED THAT THE AIRCRAFT'S WING TANKS CONTAINED NO FUEL.
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
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