NTSB Identification: LAX82DA348
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 18, 1982 in PRESCOTT, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/18/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N7675C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, HE PLANNED A FUEL STOP AT NEEDLES, CA, BUT WAS UNAWARE THAT SERVICES WERE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER ARRIVAL. HE DEPARTED NEEDLES WITH LOW FUEL IN BOTH TANKS AND ATTEMPTED TO REACH PRESCOTT, AZ BEFORE DARK. HOWEVER, DARKNESS OCCURRED BEFORE ARRIVAL. AFTER HE SPOTTED THE AIRPORT, HE ESTABLISHED A LANDING APPROACH. HE REPORTED THAT DURING THE APPROACH, HE SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT HE WAS BELOW THE ALTITUDE OF THE BEACON AND EXPERIENCED AN IMPACT.

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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