Fuel exhaustion Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N740FT ,
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Date:Sunday 12 September 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Up and Up Aviation LLC
Registration: N740FT
MSN: 44-7995084
Year of manufacture:1978
Total airframe hrs:11700 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360-E1A6D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Magnolia, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Houston-David Wayne Hooks Airport, TX (DWH/KDWH)
Destination airport:Houston-David Wayne Hooks Airport, TX (DWH/KDWH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On September 12, 2021, at 1051 central daylight time, a Piper PA-44-180 airplane, N740FT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Magnolia, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot was completing a personal flight in a rented multiengine airplane and reported that during the preflight inspection, the fuel gauges indicated 17 gallons of fuel in each fuel tank. He then visually inspected each tank and confirmed fuel was present. After takeoff, he climbed to 2,000 ft mean sea level and proceeded to a nearby airport where he completed one full stop landing before he departed and proceeded back to the original airport.

About 10 minutes into the return flight, the left engine experienced a loss of power, followed by the right engine 5 minutes later. The pilot attempted to execute an emergency landing to a road but struck a tree during the descent and crashed onto a residential driveway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the empennage, and the fuselage. The fuel tanks were not breached during the accident sequence and there was no fuel on the ground near the airplane.

A postaccident examination revealed that there was no fuel in either fuel tank, about 4 to 6 oz of fuel was drained from the left carburetor, and there was no fuel in the right carburetor. There were no preimpact mechanical malfunction or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The dispatch sheets and discrepancy logs from the five previous flights did not reveal any anomalies with the fuel gauges, fuel system, or fuel consumption. Based on a postaccident fuel calculation, the airplane likely departed with a total of about 14 gallons of fuel and did not have enough fuel to complete the flight.

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion, which resulted from the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN21LA418
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report




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History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
17 April 2012 N740FT 30 WEST LLC 0 Merritt Island Airport - KCOI, Merritt Island, FL min
1 August 2012 N740FT Space Coast Aviation 0 Titusville, Florida sub



Photos: NTSB

Revision history:

12-Sep-2021 18:58 gerard57 Added
12-Sep-2021 19:24 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
12-Sep-2021 22:59 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2021 19:11 Anon. Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative, Category]

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