Wirestrike Accident Piper PA-28-140 N98254,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38378
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Date:Saturday 13 January 1996
Time:20:47 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:Pollock, James W.
Registration: N98254
MSN: 28-25966
Year of manufacture:1969
Total airframe hrs:4855 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-E2A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hallam, NE -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dallas, TX (KDAL)
Destination airport:Wahoo, NE (KAHQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane departed Dallas, Texas at 1544 cst with a gross weight of 2,382.3 pounds. The maximum certified gross weight was 2,081 pounds. About 4 hours and 15 minutes after takeoff, the pilot transmitted on a UNICOM frequency that the airplane was low on fuel. A short time later, he reported that the airplane was out of fuel and he intended to perform an off-airport landing. During a night forced landing, the airplane contacted powerlines, then impacted the terrain. A total of 30 ounces of fuel was drained from the airplane fuel system after the accident.

Probable Cause: improper planning/decision by the pilot, which resulted in fuel exhaustion, due to an inadequate supply of fuel. Darkness was a related factor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI96FA073
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Apr-2024 08:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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