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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65929
Last updated: 15 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee 180
Registration: N7795N
C/n / msn: 28-5244
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Field near Sheldon, Iowa -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Fort Atkinson, WI (61C)
Destination airport:Winner, SD
Investigating agency: NTSB
Prior to the flight, the airplane was refueled with 12 gallons of fuel; however, the total fuel on board at the time of departure could not be determined. During the 3-hour cross-country flight, the airplane overflew several airports that had fuel services available. Witnesses, located near the accident site, observed the airplane flying low and heard the engine lose power, restart, and lose power again. The pilot executed a forced landing to a corn field, the airplane impacted a ditch, and was substantially damaged. No evidence of usable fuel was found in the airplane fuel tanks, or at the accident site. Examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operations.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot's improper fuel planning and failure to refuel.



Revision history:

23-Jun-2009 21:40 Digitalis Added
23-Jun-2009 21:41 harro Updated
24-Jun-2009 00:15 slowkid Updated
24-Jun-2009 09:23 harro Updated
02-Nov-2009 23:15 robbreid Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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