NTSB Identification: MIA84FA162.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24441.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 06, 1984 in EGLIN AFB, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-325, registration: N3586W
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER ARRIVING AT EGLIN AFB, THE PLT DETERMINED HE WOULD NEED MORE FUEL TO COMPLETE THE NEXT LEG OF THE FLT. HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO AVGAS REFUELING AVAILABLE AT EGLIN. THE PLT DISEMBARKED THE PAX & FLEW IFR TO FT WALTON BEACH TO REFUEL. A MISSED APPROACH WAS EXECUTED AT FT WALTON BEACH & THE PLT DIVERTED BACK TO EGLIN AFB. APRX 3 MI FROM EGLIN, THE RGT ENG QUIT. ON SHORT FINAL, THE LEFT ENG SURGED & THE PLT FEATHERED THE LEFT PROP. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO MANUALLY LOWER THE LANDING GEAR. THE NOSE GEAR DID NOT FULLY EXTEND & THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR DID NOT FULLY LOCK DOWN. AN INVESTIGATIONREVEALED THAT ALL FOUR FUEL TANKS WERE VIRTUALLY EMPTY, EXCEPT THE LEFT AUX TANK HAD ABOUT 5.5 GALS REMAINING. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE FUEL GAGES INDICATED THE TANKS WERE ABOUT 1/4 FULL JUST BEFORE THE ENGS LOST POWER.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS




Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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