NTSB Identification: DEN83LA191.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22252.
Accident occurred Monday, August 08, 1983 in UPHAM, ND
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25C-235, registration: N4394Y
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 PILOT SAID HE DEPARTED SOURIS WITH APRX 17 GALLONS OF FUEL ON BOARD AND FLEW FOR 1 HOUR AT 500 FEET TO MANDAN, ND. HE DEPARTED MANDAN WITHOUT REFUELING AND FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED ABOUT 1 HOUR LATER. HE HAD FLOWN FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS AT 500 FEET AGL WITH THE FUEL MISTURE LEANED FOR BEST ECONOMY. ACCORDING TO THE ACFT HANDBOOK THE ENGINE WILL CONSUME 15.5 GPH AT 75 PERCENT POWER AND 12.2 GPH AT 60 PERCENT CRUISE. THE ACFT LANDED IN A FIELD.

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..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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