NTSB Identification: MKC84LA052.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22911.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 31, 1983 in PRESTON, IA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38, registration: N2490G
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 STUDENT PLT BEGAN A X-COUNTRY FTW WITH NO DIRECTIONAL GTRO INSTALLED. HE STATED THAT HE HAD TAKEN THE ACFT WITH THE ADVICE OF HIS INSTRUCTOR WHO BELIEVED THAT THE MAGNETIC COMPASS WOULD BE SATISFACTORY. ON THE 3RD LEG OF HIS X-COUNTRY, HE TOOK THE WRONG HEADING & BECAME LOST. THE ACFT WAS FLOWN UNTIL FUEL EXHAUSION OCCURRED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLT CRASH LANDED IN A FIELD AFTER CROSSING OVER POWER LINES NEAR THE EDGE OF THE FIELD.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..REDUCED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,DIRECTIONAL GYRO..OTHER


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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