Accident Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee Archer N33667,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 351826
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Date:Tuesday 20 February 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee Archer
Owner/operator:Aptum Aviaton Inc
Registration: N33667
MSN: 28-7505166
Year of manufacture:1975
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Farmingdale, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Farmingdale-Republic Airport, NY (FRG/KFRG)
Destination airport:Farmingdale-Republic Airport, NY (FRG/KFRG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The student pilot in the left seat and his instructor in the right seat were preparing for a local flight. They estimated that there were about 30 gallons of fuel on board prior to departure; 17 gallons in the left tank and 13 gallons in the right tank. After airwork and emergency procedures practice, they returned to the departure airport for some takeoffs and landings. During the second approach to landing, about two hours into the flight, the student pilot advanced the throttle; however, the engine did not respond. Since they were at low altitude, the instructor took the controls and landed the airplane on a nearby highway. After touchdown, the right wing struck a road sign, partially severing the wing. The pilots egressed the airplane and were not injured.

An examination of the wreckage by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed substantial damage to the right wing. The fuel tank selector handle, which was located near the student pilot’s left leg, was found in the LEFT tank position. The left wing fuel tank was uncompromised and contained about ½ gallon of fuel. Although the flight instructor stated that he reminded the student several times to switch tanks, the student did not recall ever switching tanks during the flight. The pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The student pilot’s lack of fuel management during the flight and the flight instructor’s inadequate monitoring of his student’s fuel management, resulting in fuel starvation and a forced landing to a highway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report

Sources: (photo)



Photo: NTSB


Revision history:

20-Feb-2024 17:36 aus Added
20-Feb-2024 17:38 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport]
20-Feb-2024 17:59 Anon. Updated [Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
20-Feb-2024 18:14 ASN Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Source]
20-Feb-2024 18:18 ASN Updated [Location, Narrative]
20-Feb-2024 18:19 gerard57 Updated [Location, Narrative]
20-Feb-2024 18:27 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
27-Feb-2024 07:52 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code]
13-Mar-2024 19:46 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative, Accident report]
21-Mar-2024 05:38 eklein Updated [Narrative]
22-Mar-2024 12:42 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
14-Apr-2024 22:29 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative, Category, Photo]

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