Aircraft Incident/Accident Report


Chandler, Arizona 85224
Sunday, May 23, 1982 MST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
THE PILOT DEPARTED CHANDLER, AZ WITH THE FUEL GAUGES INDICATING 40 PLUS GALLONS IN EACH TANK. AFTER A 1.2 HR FLIGHT TO LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ, THE GAUGES INDICATED 20 PLUS GALLONS IN EACH TANK. DURING THE RETURN TRIP TO CHANDLER AT NIGHT, BOTH ENGINES LOST POWER AFTER DESCENDING TO ENTER THE TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR LANDING. AT THAT TIME, BOTH FUEL GAUGES INDICATED 10 GALLONS REMAINING IN EACH TANK. THE PILOT SAW THE LIGHTS OF A CAR AND TRIED TO LINE UP ON ITS TAIL LIGHTS TO LAND ON THE ROAD. HOWEVER, THE PLANE STRUCK A POWERLINE, HIT THE TOP OF A TREE, AND THEN IMPACTED ON A LAWN. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO INDICATION OF FUEL REMAINING IN EITHER TANK.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
Not Yet Reported
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date5/23/1982 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event57 
Event Time ZoneMountain Standard Time 
Event CityCHANDLER  
Event StateARIZONA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site85224  
Event Date Year1982 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location Airport  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceUnknown 
Time of the weather observation0  
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility ID  
Elevation of weather observation facility
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observation  
Lighting ConditionsNight/Dark 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingUnknown 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 40 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)70 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) -- 
Density Altitude (feet)
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)1183 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information  
Date of most recent change to recordDec 18 2002 11:28AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\GIUV  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN2091K 
NTSB NumberLAX82DA189  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER  
Aircraft ModelPA-44-180  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-44-180  
Aircraft Serial Number44-79-9517  
Certified Max Gross Weight3800 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassUnknown 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionUnknown 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection15 
Airframe Hours1250 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameRONALD W. GILLESPIE  
Aircraft Owner Street Address3100 S. FAIRWAY DRIVE  
Aircraft Owner CityTEMPE  
Aircraft Owner StateAZ 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode85282  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator NameVENTURE AVIATION  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressCHANDLER AIRPORT  
Operator CityCHANDLER  
Operator StateAZ 
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code85224  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateYes - certificate holder 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeLHU  
Departure CityLAKE HAVASU  
Departure StateAZ 
Departure Country  
Departure Time2350 
Departure Time Zone  
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeP1O  
Destination CityCHANDLER  
Destination StateAZ 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 18 2002 4:50PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location4  
Runway Length3820 
Runway Width75 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--