Fuel exhaustion Accident Piper PA-24-250 N7295P,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201878
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Date:Saturday 2 January 1999
Time:17:01 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-24-250
Owner/operator:Joseph J. Friend
Registration: N7295P
MSN: 24-2474
Year of manufacture:1961
Total airframe hrs:5980 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Colbert, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Allaire, NJ (KBLM)
Destination airport:Lawrenceville, GA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The preflight inspection of the fuel tanks by the pilot revealed the tanks were filled to the bottom of the filler neck, which the pilot believed was appropriately full. After starting the engine, fuel began leaking from the fuel sump drain hose. The pilot operated the spring loaded valve handle inside the airplane which apparently stopped the leak. Shortly after departing, the engine began running rough upon which the pilot began a deviation to another airport. During this time, the engine began running smoothly whereupon the pilot continued to his initial destination. During descent, the engine began running rough and the pilot decided the tanks had been exhausted. The pilot performed a forced landing causing substantial damage. The airplane cruising endurance based on 75% power and 90 gallons of fuel on board is 5.4 hours. However, the usable fuel capacity on this airplane when the fuel tanks are filled to the bottom of the filler necks is approximately 80 gallons. The actual flight time of this aircraft was 5.55 hours. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the airplane noted only residual fuel was found in the selector valve and no leaks were found in the fuel system.

Probable Cause: Inadequate planning/decision by the pilot, which resulted in fuel exhaustion due to an inadequate supply of fuel.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL99LA037
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

26-Nov-2017 09:36 ASN Update Bot Added
08-Apr-2024 11:09 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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