NTSB Identification: NYC85FA240.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29451.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 17, 1985 in WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N62994
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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.

DURING AN AIR TAXI FLIGHT THE PILOT TRANSMITTED THAT THE AIRPLANE WAS OUT OF FUEL AND LANDING ON A GOLF COURSE. LESS THAN ONE GALLON OF FUEL WAS DRAINED FROM THE WRECKAGE. THE AIRPLANE WAS MAKING AN UNPLANNED RETURN TRIP TO PICK UP PASSENGERS AFTER A CANCELLED BUSINESS MEETING AND THERE WAS A PILOT IN COMMAND CHANGE ON THE RETURN FLIGHT. FUEL QUANTITY WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN ENOUGH.

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:

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

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..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:

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE SURVEILLANCE,INADEQUATE PROCEDURE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MGMT


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