NTSB Identification: ATL84FA116.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25317.
Accident occurred Monday, March 05, 1984 in MANASSAS, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N9011P
Injuries: 3 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 ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON MISSED APPROACH AT NIGHT IN WEATHER CONDITIONS BELOW THE DESTINATION MINIMUMS AFTER APRX 5 HOURS AND 25 MINUTES OF FLIGHT. PERFORMANCE COMPUTATIONS INDICATED THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT OR NEAR THE TIME OF PROJECTED FUEL EXHAUSTION. METALLURGICAL EXAMINATION COULD NOT DETERMINE THAT A MALFUNCTION IN THE ALTIMETER OCCURRED BEFORE IMPACT. SEVERAL WITNESSES HEARD THE ENGINE 'CUT-OUT' BEFORE IMPACT. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED DURING AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT IN INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS AFTER AN ENGINE FAILURE AS A RESULT OF FUEL EXHAUSTION.

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

DESCENT..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL

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

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS




Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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