NTSB Identification: FTW85LA325.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29057.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 17, 1985 in LLANO, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N2217G
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 HE ENTERED THE TRAFFIC PATTERN AT 2000 FT FOR A LEFT DOWNWIND TO RWY 17. HE THEN REDUCED PWR TO 1700 RPM AND PLACED THE MIXTURE CONTROL INTO THE FULL RICH POSITION. HE ASSURED THAT CARBURETOR HEAT WAS OFF AND THEN STARTED HIS DESCENT. THE ENG THEN BEGAN TO LOSE PWR AND SPUTTER. THROTTLE OPERATION GAVE SURGES OF PWR. HE SWITCHED FUEL TANK POSITIONS BUT COULD NOT GET A RESTART. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO STRETCH HIS GLIDE TO THE RWY BUT WAS UNABLE. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN 200-300 YRDS SHORT OF THE RWY, COLLAPSED THE LANDING GEAR, BOUNCED AND CAME TO REST ABOUT 100 YRDS SHORT OF THE RWY. EXAMINATION BY FAA PERSONNEL REVEALED NO FUEL IN THE TANKS AND NO EVIDENCE OF AN AIRBORNE OR ON GROUND FUEL LEAK. AFTER RECOVERY OF THE WRECKAGE A FUEL SUPPLY WAS CONNECTED TO THE RIGHT HAND INLET OF THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE. THE ENG WAS STARTED AND NOTED TO BE CAPABLE OF NORMAL OPERATION.

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:

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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