NTSB Identification: NYC84FNE01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23986.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 01, 1984 in SOUTHWICK, MA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N44386
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.
THE ACFT LOST POWER & MADE AN EMERGENCY FORCED LANDING IN A SCHOOL YARD. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT ONLY A FEW DROPS OFFUEL REMAINED IN THE POWERPLANT & 1QT PLUS 1PT REMAINED IN THE WING TANKS WITH NONE IN THE GASOLATOR. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKAGE OR OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE PILOT DID NOT REMEMBER HIS LEANING PROCEDURE & HIS FUEL CALCULATIONS WERE BASED ON A LOWER ESTIMATE THAN ACTUAL CONSUMPTION RECORDS SUBSTANTIATED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION
PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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