Fuel exhaustion Accident Piper PA-28RT-201T N8277W,
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Date:Sunday 18 January 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28RT-201T
Owner/operator:D&S Formal, Inc.
Registration: N8277W
MSN: 28R-8131007
Total airframe hrs:2744 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Naperville, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:LL10
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On January 18, 1998, at 2000 central standard time (cst), a Piper PA-28RT-201T, N8277W, piloted by an instrument rated private pilot, was destroyed during a collision with the ground following a total loss of engine power. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot was seriously injured. The flight departed Naperville, Illinois, at 1900 cst.

According to the pilot's written statement, he was flying his airplane toward the airport. He reported that "...approximately 7-miles out from LL10 [the airport identifier] I switched tanks. Cont'd approach to LL10 and the engine began running rough and quit. I then set up for best glide, put [the] fuel pump on, switched tanks back to original [position]. Tried to restart. Engine would not start." The pilot reported he picked out a field in which to land and at an altitude of 2,000 feet above mean sea level the engine started and ran rough. He said, "The prop was windmilling and the engine started sputtering just before touch down."

The Will County Illinois, Sheriff's Department Deputy interviewed the pilot about 6-hours after the accident. The Deputy reported the pilot said "...his engine lost power, possibly [due] to frozen water in the fuel line." The Sheriff Department's report said the pilot stated he "...picked a snow-covered field to land in." The report said the pilot stated that "When his front landing gear wheel made contact with the ground, the wheel got caught in the dirt and snow. Aircraft then cartwheeled end-over-end and slid [to a stop]."

A Federal Aviation Administration Principal Maintenance Inspector (PMI) conducted the on-scene investigation. His report states, "There was no evidence of fuel in the [fuel] tanks, nor was there any fuel discoloration in the area of the fuel tanks or anywhere else at the crash site." Examination of the engine revealed no fuel in the fuel servo, fuel manifold or injector ports. The throttle was in the "Closed" position according to the arm's position on the throttle body. There were no mechanical anomalies with the engine, and its accessories, or the airframe that would have prevented flight.
PROBABLE CAUSE:improper preflight planning and preparation by the pilot which resulted in fuel exhaustion.


NTSB id 20001211X09407

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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