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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207039
Last updated: 18 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-260
Registration: N3756W
C/n / msn: 32-671
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Clark County, north Washougal, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Salem, OR (SLE)
Destination airport:Camas, WA (1W1)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, before departure, he estimated that the right tip fuel tank was three-quarters full (about 14 gallons), and each main fuel tank had about 20 gallons of fuel.
The pilot reported that, during cruise, he decided to use the right tip fuel tank, even though he was aware that the right tip fuel tank gauge was inoperative. He added that, after about 25-30 minutes, he performed various stall maneuvers before returning to the departure airport to land. The pilot noticed a reduction in engine power and a drop in the manifold pressure and concluded that the airplane would not be able to return to the airport, so he continued a left turn toward a farm field. The pilot began to troubleshoot for carburetor ice to no avail. The airplane landed in the farm field and impacted a ditch.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot added that, during a postaccident examination, it was revealed that the right tip fuel tank was dry and “that the engine lost power due to fuel starvation.”

Probable Cause: The pilot’s inadequate inflight fuel management and his failure to switch to a fuel tank with adequate fuel, which resulted in fuel starvation.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

05-Mar-2018 04:18 Geno Added
05-Mar-2018 08:12 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
05-Mar-2018 23:49 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Mar-2018 21:10 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
08-Jul-2018 13:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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