NTSB Identification: SEA84LA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24206.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 04, 1984 in IDAHO FALLS, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA28-140, registration: N1436X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE STUDENT PLT WAS ON A SOLO X-COUNTRY FLT & HAD REFUELED AT TWIN FALLS, ID. WHEN SHE TOOK OFF, BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE FULL. WHILE DESCENDING THRU ABOUT 6000 FT, NEAR THE DESTINATION ARPT, THE ENG SPUTTERED & QUIT RUNNING. THE STUDENT ENRICHED THE MIXTURE, CHECKED THE PRIMER & TURNED ON THE FUEL BOOST PUMP, BUT DID NOT SWITCH FUEL TANKS. SHE HAD BEEN USING FUEL FROM THE LEFT TANK ONLY. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE ON SOFT, UNEVEN TERRAIN, COVERED WITH SAGEBRUSH & THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY & THE RIGHT TANK WAS FULL. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKS. THE ELEVATION OF THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS 5489 FT.

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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