Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary CEN21LA383

Gypsum, CO, USA

Aircraft #1


PIPER PA-28-181


The pilot reported that the airplane’s fuel tanks were filled to the tabs during the preflight. He then departed on about a two-hour local flight, which included touch and go landings. He added that he did a soft field technique, where he pulled up abruptly. The engine then ran rough, so he leveled off, and the engine regained power briefly, before going to idle rpm. He lowered the flaps for the forced landing. During the forced landing, the left wing separated from the airplane after impact with a fence post. The pilot stated that he ran the fuel tank too low and when he pulled up during the takeoff, the remaining fuel was unable to reach the engine. He added that he “just ran the left tank too long without switching” fuel tanks.

Probable Cause and Findings

A loss of engine power due to fuel starvation and the pilot's mismanagement of the available fuel.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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