NTSB Identification: ATL82FLG15
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 27, 1982 in NEAR LOCKHART, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/27/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N95451
Injuries: 3 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 WAS FLOWN FROM CHARLOTTE, NC TO DAYTONA BEACH, FL, TO SANFORD, FL WITHOUT EN ROUTE REFUELING. THE PILOT HAD PREVIOUSLY PLANNED TO GET FUEL AT SANFORD, BUT AFTER LANDING THERE, HE THOUGHT THERE SUFFICIENT FUEL TO RETURN TO CHARLOTTE. HOWEVER, AS HE CONTINUED, HE BECAME AWARE OF FOG AND DIVERTED TO JESUP, GA. THE AIRPORT FACILITIES AT JESUP WERE CLOSED AND NO FUEL WAS OBTAINED. THE PILOT PERIODICALLY CHECKED THE WEATHER WHILE WAITING SEVERAL HOURS. AFTER CONTINUING, HE CONTACTED CHARLOTTE APPROACH CONTROL, ADVISED THAT HE WAS ON TOP AT 1800 FT, AND REQUESTED RADAR VECTORS TO CHARLOTTE. AT THAT TIME, THE PILOT WAS ADVISED THAT CHARLOTTE WAS IFR. HE THEN DIVERTED TOWARD SPARTANBURG, SC, BUT EN ROUTE, RAN OUT OF FUEL. WHILE LANDING IN A WOODED AREA, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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