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NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE REPORT


General Information

Data Source:                          NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
   Report Number:                        FTW87LA049 
   Local Date:                           01/28/1987
   Local Time:                           17:00 CST
   State:                                OK    
   City:                                 MEDFORD                            
   Airport Name:                         MEDFORD MUNI             
   Airport Id:                           O53   
   Event Type:                           ACCIDENT
   Injury Severity:                      NONE   
   Report Status:                        FINAL      
   Mid Air Collision:                    NO 

Operations Information

Category of Operation:                GENERAL AVIATION       
   Aircraft Type:                        AIRPLANE       
   Aircraft Damage:                      SUBSTANTIAL      
   Phase of Flight:                      570 LANDING                                           
   Aircraft Make/Model:                  PIPER PA-31-XXX                 
   Operator Doing Business As:                                         
   Operator Name:                        UNIV. OF NORTH DAKOTA         
   Operator Code:                            
   Operator:                                                                       
   Owner Name:                           UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA    

Narrative

THE ACFT EXPERIENCED A DOUBLE ENG FAILURE AS A RESULT OF FUE L 
   EXHAUSTION DURING DESCENT TO THE DESTINATION APRT. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO 
   DIVERT TO A NEARBY ARPT DURING THE DESC ENT, BUT BOTH ENGS QUIT BEFORE 
   HE HAD THE RWY ASSURED. THE SUBSEQUENT ATTEMPTED FORCED LANDING 
   RESULTED IN SUBSTANT IAL DAMAGE WHEN THE LEFT ENG RESTARTED DURING THE 
   FLARE AND SPUN THE ACFT AROUND TO THE RIGHT. THE RIGHT WING TIP ST RUCK 
   THE GROUND, YAWING THE ACFT ON TOUCHDOWN. ALL 3 LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED 
   AS A RESULT OF SIDE LOADS. THE PLT ST ATED THAT ADVERSE WINDS ALOFT 
   EXTENDED THE FLT AND PREVENTED HIM FROM ARRIVING AT THE DESTINATION 
   ARPT AND THAT WHEN HE BECAME AWARE OF THE CRITICAL FUEL STATE, IT WAS 
   TOO LATE.

Sequence of Events

Occurrence #: 1  353 LOSS OF ENGINE POWER (TOTAL) - NON-MECHANICAL
   Phase of Operation: 551 DESCENT - NORMAL

           Findings
           Subject - Modifier - Personnel Cause/Factor

   1a.   17001(S) - 1131(M)  Cause
         FLUID, FUEL - EXHAUSTION
   2a.   20000(S) - 2232(M)  Factor
         WEATHER CONDITION - UNFAVORABLE WIND
   2b.   24012(S) - 3115(M) - 4000(P)  Cause
         FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS - INADEQUATE - PILOT IN COMMAND
   2dir. 34333(S) - 5000(P)  Factor
         LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT - PILOT IN COMMAND
   3b.   24025(S) - 3128(M) - 4000(P)  Cause
         FLIGHT TO ALTERNATE DESTINATION - NOT PERFORMED - PILOT IN COMMAND

   Occurrence #: 2  180 FORCED LANDING
   Phase of Operation: 552 DESCENT - EMERGENCY

           Findings
           Subject - Modifier - Personnel Cause/Factor

   1b.   24545(S) - 3115(M) - 4000(P)
         EMERGENCY PROCEDURE - INADEQUATE - PILOT IN COMMAND
   2b.   22307(S) - 3122(M) - 4000(P)
         PROPELLER FEATHERING - NOT ATTAINED - PILOT IN COMMAND

   Occurrence #: 3  194 COMPLETE GEAR COLLAPSED
   Phase of Operation: 572 LANDING - ROLL

           Findings
           Subject - Modifier - Personnel Cause/Factor

   1a.   10400(S) - 1171(M)  Cause
         LANDING GEAR - OVERLOAD

Probable Cause


Aircraft Information

Number of Seats:                      7  
   Aircraft Use:                         PERSONAL           
   Type of Operation:                    14 CFR 91 
   Domestic/International:                            
   Passenger/Cargo:                                        
   Registration Number:                  76ND  
   Air Carrier Operating Certificates:   
   Aircraft Fire:                        NONE

                  Injuries
          Fatal  Serious  Minor  None
   Crew      0       0       0      1
   Pass      0       0       0      4
   Other     0       0       0      0
   Invlvd    0       0       0      5

   Landing Gear:                         TRICYCLE-RETRACTABLE
   Certificated Maximum Gross Weight:    6500
   Engine Make:                          LYCOMING     
   Engine Model:                         TIO-540-A2C  
   Number of Engines:                    2 
   Engine Type:                          RECIPROCATING-FUEL INJECTED 

Environment/Operations Information

Basic Weather Conditions:             VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC)  
   Wind Direction (deg):                 170
   Wind Speed (knots):                   14
   Visibility (sm):                      7
   Visibility RVR (ft):                  0
   Visibility RVV (sm):                  0
   Cloud Height Above Ground Level (ft): 12000
   Visibility Restrictions:              NONE
   Precipitation Type:                   NONE
   Light Condition:                      DAYLIGHT
   Departure Airport Id:                 FAR 
   Departure City:                       FARGO
   Departure State:                      ND
   Destination Airport Id:               WDG 
   Destination City:                     ENID
   Destination State:                    OK
   Flight Plan Filed:                    INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES (IFR)
   ATC Clearance:                        IFR
   VFR Approach/Landing:                 STRAIGHT-IN, FORCED LANDING
   Event Location:                       OFF AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

Pilot-in-Command

Certificates:                         COMMERCIAL, FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
   Ratings:
     Plane:                              SINGLE ENGINE LAND, MULTIENGINE LAND
     Non-Plane:                          NONE
     Instrument:                         AIRPLANE
   Had Current BFR:                      YES
   Months Since Last BFR:                3  
   Medical Certificate:                  CLASS 1
   Medical Certificate Validity:         VALID MEDICAL-WITH WAIVERS/LIMITATIONS

              Flight Time (Hours)
   Total       :    962  Last 24 Hrs :    6
   Make/Model  :      6  Last 30 Days:    0
   Instrument  :     71  Last 90 Days:   66
   Multi-Engine:    131  Rotorcraft  :    1

Source: NTSB