NTSB Identification: LAX82FYM18
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 31, 1982 in SAN CARLOS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201, registration: N2090W
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

AFTER LANDING AT THE AIRPORT, THE PILOT TAXIED TO THE TRANSIENT PARKING AREA, PARKED AND GOT A CUP OF COFFEE. HE STATED THAT HE THEN MADE A QUICK PREFLIGHT CHECK, BUT DID NOT VISUALLY INSPECT THE FUEL TANKS. DURING THE TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO SURGE AT ABOUT 200 FT AGL. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE PUSHED ALL LEVERS FORWARD, CHECKED THE FUEL PUMP WAS ON AND SWITCHED TO THE LEFT TANK, BUT THIS HAD NO EFFECT. HE DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AND REACCOMPLISHED HIS EMERGENCY PROCEDURES, BUT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO SURGE. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE ON A ROUGH/ERODED SHORELINE. DURING THE LANDING, THE GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE WINGS AND FUSELAGE WERE DAMAGED. ABOUT 20 GAL OF FUEL WERE REMAINING IN THE LEFT FUEL TANK, BUT ONLY ABOUT 1/2 GAL WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT TANK.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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