NTSB Identification: ATL82DA162
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 13, 1982 in SAVANNAH, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/13/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N80SA
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT OBTAINED A WEATHER BRIEFING AND FILED A VFR FLIGHT PLAN BEFORE TAKEOFF. HE WAS ADVISED THAT THE WEATHER WAS 6000 FT SCATTERED, 6 MILES VISIBILITY, POSSIBLE STORMS GATHERING AT PALATKA, FL. AFTER TAKEOFF, HE WAS UNABLE TO CONTACT THE FLIGHT SERVICE STATION TO ACTIVATE THE FLIGHT PLAN. WHILE ENROUTE, HE HAD TO DEVIATE TO AVOID WEATHER AND BECAME LOST. HE TRIED TO OBTAIN HELP BY USING HIS RADIO. BUT WAS UNABLE. HE FINALLY LOCATED AN AIRPORT (HUNTER AFB), THE ENGINE LOST POWER FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION BEFORE HE ARRIVED. HE ELECTED TO LAND ON A DIRT ROAD, BUT WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR THE TOPS OF THE TREES. THE PILOT GUIDED THE PLANE BETWEEN TWO TREES AS HE CRASH LANDED.

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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT,VHF TRANSMITTER/RECEIVER..ERRATIC


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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