Fuel exhaustion Accident Piper PA-24-250 N5887P,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 386317
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Date:Tuesday 9 January 2001
Time:16:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-24-250
Registration: N5887P
MSN: 24-972
Year of manufacture:1959
Total airframe hrs:9000 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-540-A1A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pittsview, AL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL (LAL/KLAL)
Destination airport:Auburn, AL (KAUO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the pilot, he had flown the same trip as the accident flight five times previously, except for three differences; (1) on this particular flight, the refuelers did not top off the fuel tanks as requested, (2) following departure, the flight had to return to the departure airport due to inadvertently leaving the right wing fueling door open, and (3) the flight encountered unanticipated strength of head winds. Nine minutes short of destination, the engine stopped operating, and the pilot conducted an emergency landing to a vacant field. The pilot was not injured, a passenger sustained minor injuries, and the aircraft recieved substantial damage. Postcrash examination of the aircraft and it's components revealed no mechanical malfunctions, and the fuel tanks contained no fuel. Postcrash, the pilot stated to the FAA that, "I ran out of gas."

Probable Cause: The failure of the pilot to conduct proper preflight planning, resulting in loss of engine power while in cruise flight due to fuel exhaustion, and the subsequent emergency descent and landing to an open field.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA01LA058
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report




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