NTSB Identification: NYC84FIG01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25343.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 1984 in GATHERSBURG, MD
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N84400
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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.

WHILE ON A SECOND ATTEMPT TO INTERCEPT THE LOC ON THE ILS 23 APCH AT FREDERICK, MD, THE PLT REPORTED A LOW FUEL CONDITION TO BALTIMORE ATC. AT THIS TIME ATC SUGGESTED THE PLT FLY TO EITHER BALTIMORE (34 MILES SE) OR TO DULLES (25 MILES SW) FOR AN APCH. A HEADING OF 090 DEGS WAS ISSUED FOR BALTIMORE. THE PLT THEN STATED TO ATC THAT ONE OF THE FUEL TANKS WAS EMPTY AT WHICH TIME VECTORS WERE ISSUED FOR THE NDB-A APCH AT MONTGOMERY COUNTY AIRPARK, GAITHERSBURG, MD. WHEN 3 1/2 MILES NNE OF THE ARPT, THE PLT REPORTED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN THE PLTS FIRST LOW FUEL REPORT TO ATC AND THE LOSS OF POWER REPORT WAS 19 MINUTES. THE ACFT CRASHED IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA 2 1/2 MILES NNW OF THE ARPT.

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


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