NTSB Identification: ATL83FA014
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 21, 1982 in ATHENS, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N21678
Injuries: 1 Fatal,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 PLT HAD NOT FLOWN FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. ON 10/15/82 HE RECEIVED DUAL INSTRUCTION IN A C-172 & ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT WAS CHECKED OUT IN THE PA-28. HIS CERTIFICATE WAS NOT VALID FOR NIGHT FLIGHT. AT 1716 THE PLT ACTIVATED A VFR FLT PLAN. AT APPROXIMATELY 2107 THE PLT DECLARED A "LIMITED EMERGENCY" WITH ATLANTA ARTCC. HE TOLD THE CONTOLLER HE WAS EXTREMEMLY LOW ON FUEL & WANTED TO GO STRAIGHT TO AN ARPT. THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT MCMINN COUNTY ARPT WAS AT 12 O'CLOCK & 7 MI. THE ACFT CRASHED IN A PASTURE 1-1/2 MI SOUTH OF THE ARPT. ABOUT 1 QT OF FUEL WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE FUEL SYSTEM.

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..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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