NTSB Identification: NYC83FHD02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20951.
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 1983 in TRENTON, NJ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N15SB
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A RAILROAD BRIDGE OVERPASS DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE FLT DEPARTED NC FORNJ WITH AN ENROUTE STOP TO DROP OFF A PASSENGER. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO REFUEL AT THIS STOP AS PLANNED AND DEPARTED ANDOVERFLEW OTHER SIGHTED ARPTS BECAUSE HE COULD NOT MAKE CONTACT ON UNICOM. MCQUIRE APPROACH CONTROL GAVE THE PILOT THE VECTOR OF 288 DEGREES FOR THE TRENTON-ROBBINSVILLE ARPT.DURING THIS TIME THE RIGHT FUEL TANK RAN DRY AND THE PILOT SWITCHED TANKS TO CONTINUE FLT. WHEN TRENTON-ROBBINSVILLE COULD NOT BE RAISED ON UNICOM THE PILOT CONTINUED ON THE 288 DEGREE HEADING UNTIL FUEL EXHAUSTION. HE DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AND WAS VECTORED TO 110 DEGREES FOR THE NEAREST ARPT. THEPILOT COULD NOT REACH THIS ARPT AND CRASHED ON A RAILROAD BRIDGE ATTEMPTING TO LAND ON A 4 LANE HIWAY. AN ON SCENE INVESTIGATION CONFIRMED THE STATE OF FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE ACFT DEPARTED WITH 50 GALLONS AND FLEW 4.1 HOURS. FUEL BURN IS12 GPH.

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:

IN-FLIGHT 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


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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