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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39855
Last updated: 10 May 2021
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Date:27-JAN-1999
Time:22:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N1875H
MSN: 28-7790349
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Brevard, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Andrews, NC (6A3)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported a low fuel condition to the air traffic controller. The air traffic controller gave the pilot alternate airports available for landing in the immediate vicinity of the accident site. The pilot circled the area for approximately 2.5 hours. After failing to identify any of the airports, the pilot flew towards Brevard, NC. While in a descent towards the vicinity of Brevard, the airplane struck several trees and a power line before impacting the ground. The airframe and engine examinations failed to disclose any evidence of a mechanical malfunction or component failure. The post-impact examination of the engine and airframe fuel system components failed to show evidence of fuel. A small quantity of fuel was observed in the carburetor. There were no obvious indications of fuel spillage at the accident site; nor did the emergency response personnel report the odor of fuel upon their arrival at the accident site.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate inflight planning that resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent loss of engine power.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001204X00007&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Nov-2017 12:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Dec-2017 16:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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