NTSB Identification: ATL82FA065
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 06, 1982 in TAYLORVILLE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/06/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N9783J
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious.

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 AIRCRAFT DEPARTED AKRON, NY AT 1154 EST ON A FLIGHT TO CHARLOTTE,NC. TOWARD LATE AFTERNOON, AS THE SUN BEGAN TO SET, ONE OF THE PASSENGERS (THE PILOT'S DAUGHTER), INFORMED THE PILOT THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS GETTING LOW ON FUEL. HE DIVERTED TOWARD AN AIRPORT, BUT BEFORE ARRIVING, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED DURING AN EMERGENCY LANDING. AN EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED NO INDICATION OF A FUEL LEAK. THE ENGINE WAS EXAMINED AND NO PREEXISTING MALFUNCTIONS WERE NOTED. REPORTELY, THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN SERVICE WITH A FULL LOAD OF FUEL (50 GAL CAPACITY) BEFORE TAKEOFF. IT HAD BEEN OPERATED FOR 5 HRS AND 24 MIN BEFORE CRASHING. THE PERFORMANCE CHARTS SHOWED THAT IT WOULD CRUISE ABOUT 5 HRS AT 75% POWER OR ABOUT 6.8 HRS AT 55% POWER.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INATTENTIVE..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:

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK

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