Fuel exhaustion Accident Piper PA-24-250 N6495P,
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Date:Sunday 12 January 1997
Time:21:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-24-250
Owner/operator:Noel Davis
Registration: N6495P
MSN: 24-165
Year of manufacture:1958
Total airframe hrs:4425 hours
Engine model:LYCOMING O-540-A1C5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Franklin, MN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Sheridan, WY (KSHR)
Destination airport:(1D6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During cruise flight on a bright night the pilot said the airplane '...experienced a noticeable drop in manifold pressure... the engine lost power and began to backfire... different power settings didn't help.' The pilot said the inside of the airplane's windshield frosted up after the engine lost power. He said he used the side window and landing lights as an aid for landing. According to the pilot he decided to land in a field next to the road on which he was going to land because of powerlines. The on-scene investigation revealed no fuel in the fuel tanks or electric fuel pump. The engine was test run to the manufacturer's specifications once fuel was added to the airplane.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate inflight planning and his fuel mismanagement, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the loss of engine power. A contributing factor with this accident was a frost blocked cockpit windshield.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI97LA052
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years 1 month
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
8 September 1991 N16WW Private 0 Broomfield, CO sub


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