NTSB Identification: LAX86FA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30199.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 19, 1985 in NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N9044P
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 PLT CONTACTED COAST TRACON (TERMINAL RADAR CONTROL) & REQUESTED VFR TRAFFIC ADVISORIES TO TORRENCE. AT APRX 0747 PSTHE DECLARED AN EMERGENCY, SAID THE ENG HAD QUIT & REQUESTED VECTORS TO THE JOHN WAYNE/ORANGE COUNTY ARPT. THE CONTROLLERPROVIDED A HDG TO THE ARPT AS WELL AS THE CURRENT WIND & ALTIMETER SETTING. AT 0748, THE CONTROLLER ADVISED THE PLT THATTHE ARPT WAS AT HIS 11 O'CLOCK PSN AT 7 MI & THAT EITHER RWY WAS AVAILABLE FOR LANDING. ABOUT 3 MIN LATER, THE PLT SAID HE DID NOT THINK HE WAS GOING TO REACH THE ARPT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES, A HOUSE & A FENCE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH TREES AT APRX 35 FT AGL WHILE IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. AN EXAM REVEALED THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO THE RGT MAIN TANK WHICH HAD LESS THAN 1 GAL OF FUEL REMAINING. ADEQUATE FUEL WAS STILL REMAINING IN THE LEFT FUEL TANKS. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE ENG OPERATED SATISFACTORILY DURING A POST ACCIDENT CHECK.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..RESIDENCE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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