Preliminary Accident Reports

September 1999 Issue

June 9, Auburn, Ala. / Piper PA-28-181 Archer

At about 10:10 CDT, a Piper Archer crashed near Auburn after apparently running out of fuel as the owner flew the new plane home from the factory. The pilot reported no injuries. The flight had been aloft for more than four hours and was cruising at between 1,500 and 3,000 feet when the airplane’s engine lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks but the engine did not respond. He attempted to land in a field, was fast on the approach, went under some wires that surrounded the field, bounced over a road and struck the ground with the right wing. Investigators found about 8 ounces of fuel in the left wing and no fuel in the right tank....

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