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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 182960
Last updated: 3 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
Registration: N4643R
MSN: 28-21397
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NE Republic, MO -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Creve Coeur , MO (1H0)
Destination airport:Aurora, MO (2H2)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot and a passenger were conducting a night cross-country flight. About 15 miles from the destination, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine but was only able to obtain momentary engine power each time he pumped the throttle. The pilot then performed a forced landing to a field, during which the airplane struck a tree and fence. A first responder to the accident stated that there was a smell of fuel and the ground was wet at the accident site. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the left wing fuel tank was breached and contained no fuel. The right wing fuel tank was intact. The right tank contained no usable fuel, and the fuel selector was selected to the right tank. The examination revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal engine operation. It is likely that the pilot exhausted the fuel supply in the right tank and did not reposition the fuel selector to the left tank; thus, the engine experienced a loss of power due to fuel starvation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate fuel management, which resulted in fuel starvation and a total loss of engine power during cruise flight.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

31-Dec-2015 07:06 Geno Added
02-Jan-2016 17:15 Iceman 29 Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
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13-Jan-2016 12:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
16-Apr-2016 19:13 Anon. Updated [Damage]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
15-May-2017 19:51 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 14:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Nov-2018 08:02 IsabellaBarbiero Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code]

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