Fuel exhaustion Accident Piper PA-23-150 N1082P,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 357874
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Date:Monday 1 January 1996
Time:19:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-23-150
Owner/operator:Air One
Registration: N1082P
MSN: 23-92
Total airframe hrs:5070 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-A1A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Silver Spring, PA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Poughkeepsie, NY (POU
Destination airport:Lynchburg, VA (KLYH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot rented a multiengine airplane to fly 70 hours during a 3 week period. The pilot and passenger departed, flew a 4.4 hour flight, and refueled with 73 gallons of fuel. The pilot then flew 2 legs that totaled 3.5 hours, and refueled the airplane with 68.9 gallons. Two days later the pilot departed on another leg that lasted 2 hours. After a brief stop, and no refueling, the pilot departed on the accident leg. About 1.5 hours after takeoff, during night IMC, the right engine lost power, followed by the left engine. The pilot received radar vectors to an airport during the emergency descent and did not feather either propeller. The airplane descended clear of the clouds and landed in an open field, 6 miles short of the airport. Examination of the wreckage revealed 3 quarts of fuel in the right wing tanks, and 1 quart of fuel in the left wing tanks. No fuel stains were noted on the fuselage, wings, or ground. The capacity of the airplane's main and auxiliary fuel tanks were measured and verified during the investigation. The engines were removed, test run, and ran normally. The fuel burn during the tests were consistent with the manual. Based upon the average fuel consumption of the previous legs, about 39 gallons of fuel were unaccounted for at the accident scene.

Probable Cause: A loss of engine power as a result of fuel exhaustion.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC96LA048
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report



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