NTSB Identification: MKC83LA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22258.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 1983 in ALLIANCE, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-235, registration: N777EE
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 PILOT STATED THAT HE DEPARTED OSHROSH FOR SCOTTSBLUFF WITH AN ESTIMATED 80 GALLONS OF FUEL ON BOARD THE AIR CRAFT HIS ETE WAS 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES AND FUEL CONSUMPTION AT 15 GPH. APRX 37 NM SHORT OF SCOTTS BLUFF HE NOTICED THE RIGHT FUEL GAUGE INDICATING BELOW THE QUANTITY HE CALCULATED SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOARD. THIS WAS THE ONLY TANK THAT NOW CONTAINED FUEL. HE REDUCED ENGINE POWER TO 55 PERCENT OF RATED. OVERFLEW ALLIANCE, WHERE FUEL WAS AVAILABLE, AND CONTINUED TO SCOTTSBLUFF. AS THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN ITS DESCENT, THE ENGINE FAILED. THE PILOT TURNED TOWARD ALLIANCE WHILE TRYING TO RESTART THE ENGINE. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED ON A ROLLING SAND HILL APRX 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALLIANCE.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT USED..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

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

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


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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