NTSB Identification: ERA13CA011
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 06, 2012 in Beltzville, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N44595
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight instructor completed a preflight inspection and noted that each wing fuel tank contained about 18 gallons of fuel before departing on the local instructional flight. At the conclusion of the flight, while returning to the departure airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The flight instructor stated that he maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing to a field while conducting the emergency landing checklist; however, he said that he did not change the fuel tank selector position. The airplane touched down in the field and impacted a row of trees, resulting in substantial damage to both wings. During postaccident examination, about 18 gallons of fuel was observed in the left wing tank, and about 8 ounces of fuel was drained from the right wing tank. A fuel line was plumbed to the engine, and the engine started and ran through all power settings with no anomalies observed.

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

The flight instructor’s improper fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

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