NTSB Identification: LAX85LA007.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26855.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 07, 1984 in ESSEX, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N6481P
Injuries: 4 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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE VISUALLY CHECKED THE QUANTITY OF FUEL IN THE ACFT'S FUEL TANKS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE & THAT HE APPARENTLY OVERESTIMATED THE AMOUNT IN THE TANKS. FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE OPENED THE FUEL CAPS TO BOTH TANKS & THEY 'WERE DRY AS A BONE.'

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:

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

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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