NTSB Identification: ATL86FKG01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29404.
Accident occurred Friday, October 04, 1985 in PERRY, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N8831F
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 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.

THE ACFT LANDED SHORT OF THE RWY DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING LOSS OF PWR DURING A X-COUNTRY FLT OF 2 HRS. 3 WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT BRING REFUELED BUT THE ONLY ONE WHO MENTIONED THE AMOUNT OF FUEL ADDED WAS THE REFUELER WHO SAID HE'TOPPED OFF' ALL 4 TANKS. THE FUEL RECEIPT TOTALED 57 GALS BUT IT WAS FOR TWO ACFT. ONLY 30 GALS WAS PUT IN THE ACC ACFT. THE PLT OF THE ACC FLT SAID THE FUEL GAUGES WENT TO ZERO AS HE WAS BEING VECTORED AROUND HEAVY TURBULENCE. THE ENG WAS RESTARTED AFTER A CHANGE OF FUEL TANKS BUT FAILED AGAIN AND WOULD NOT RESTART. DURING THE LANDING THE ACFT CLIPPED TREES & ELEC WIRES BEFORE CRASHING UPSIDE DOWN. INVESTIGATION AFTER THE ACC REVEALED NO FUEL ABOARD THE ACFT AND NO EVIDENCE OF SPILLAGE. NO FUEL LEAKS IN THE FUEL SYS WAS NOTED. THE PLT THINKS THE FUEL VENTED OR SYPHONED OUT OF THE TANKS.

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..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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