NTSB Identification: LAX84LA016.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22739.
Accident occurred Monday, October 17, 1983 in YUMA, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N9560J
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 PLT STATED THAT PRIOR TO DEPARTING LAKE HAVASU CITY HE VISUALLY INSPECTED THE FUEL TANKS & OBSERVED THAT BOTH TANKS WERE SLIGHTLY LESS THAN 1/2 FULL. BASED ON THIS OBSERVATION HE THOUGHT THE ACFT HAD 20-30 GALS OF FUEL WHICH WOULD BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE FLT. UPON REACHING BLYTHE, CA HE REALIZED HE WAS LOW ON FUEL BUT BELIEVED HE HAD SUFFICIENT FUEL TO REACH YUMA. THE ENG QUIT DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION 2 MI FROM DESTINATION. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON AN INTERSTATE HWY. INITIAL TOUCHDOWN WAS MADE IN A STEEP LEFT BANK BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC & THE PRESENCE OF A BRIDGE OVER-CROSSING. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A SMALL RELECTOR POLE.

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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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