NTSB Identification: NYC82FNA12
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 29, 1982 in ROCHESTER, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R, registration: N1104Q
Injuries: 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 PILOT REPORTED THAT WHILE HE WAS EN ROUTE, A POWER LOSS OCCURRED AND HE WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENGINE. HE SELECTED A CLEARING FOR A FORCED LANDING, BUT WAS UNABLE TO REACH IT. A CRASH LANDING, BUT WAS MADE IN AN AREA OF TREES AND BRUSH. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE FUEL PUMP ROCKER ARM HAD FAILED FROM FATIGUE. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD TURNED ON THE FUEL BOOST PUMP WHEN HE TRIED TO RESTART THE ENGINE. WHEN TESTED, THE ELECTRIC FUEL PUMP OPERATED.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..FATIGUE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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