NTSB Identification: FTW83LA034
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 09, 1982 in EL PASO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8705P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON A BUSINESS CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT THE FUEL PRESSURE BEGAN DROPPING WITH A SUBSEQUENT DROP IN POWER. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO REDUCE MANIFOLD PRESSURE TO KEEP THE ENGINE RUNNING. APPROXIMATELY 3-5 MILES FROM EL PASO AIRPORT THE PILOT LANDED ON THE DESERT. DURING LANDING THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A MOUND OF SAND AND GROUND LOOPED. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE DID NOT REVEAL ANY REASON FOR LOSS OF FUEL FLOW AND ENGINE STOPPAGE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR..OVERLOAD

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