NTSB Identification: SEA84LA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25336.
Accident occurred Friday, July 20, 1984 in CRESWELL, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N8732E
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

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 ACFT WAS ON A NIGHT VFR FLT FROM SAN CARLOS, CA, TO EUGENE, OR, WHEN THE PLT ASKED APCH CONTROL HOW FOR AWAY THE ARPT WAS. ATC INFORMED THE PLT THAT THE ARPT WAS 16 MILES FURTHER. ABOUT 3 MINUTES LATER, THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTIED. THE PLT SWITCHED TO THE RIGHT TANK AND DECLARED AN EMERGENCY. HE THEN ASKED FOR VECTORS TO THE NEAREST ARPT. A HEADING OF 050 DEGREES WAS GIVEN TO THE ARPT. THE ACFT HIT SEVERAL TREES ABOUT 4 MILES SHORT OF THE ARPT AND CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND





Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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