Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Meadow Lake Airport

Falcon, Colorado 80831
Sunday, February 22, 2009 13:00 MST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot said that he preflighted the airplane and noted the following fuel gauge indications: Left tip tank, 6 gallons (17 gallon capacity); left main tank, 12-15 gallons (25 gallon capacity); right main tank, 5-10 gallons (25 gallon capacity); right tip tank, empty (17 gallon capacity). The pilot and a friend flew for about 1.5 hours then returned to the airport. While on short final approach, the engine lost power. The airplane touched down in a field 200 to 300 feet short of the runway and struck a barbed wire fence. The airplane sustained leading edge damage to both wings and damage to the left main tank. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the airplane and reported finding the fuel selector positioned on the left main fuel tank. He found fuel in the fuel selector drain and in the left main fuel tank drain. There was a negligible amount of fuel in the right main tank fuel drain. The left wing tip tank contained approximately 3 to 5 gallons, and the right wing tip tank contained approximately 2 to 4 gallons. With the fuel selector positioned on the left main tank, the engine was started and allowed to run for approximately 5 minutes. The fuel selector was then positioned on the left wing tip tank and the engine was allowed to run for another 5 minutes. The fuel selector was then positioned on the right wing tip tank, and the engine continued to run. The fuel selector was positioned on the right main tank and approximately one to two minutes later the engine stopped running. According to a Piper Aircraft Company spokesman, the airplane's engine, operating at 7000 feet mean sea level and 75 percent power, will consume about 14 gallons per hour.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot's inadequate fuel management.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date2/22/2009 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1300 
Event Time ZoneMountain Standard Time 
Event CityFalcon 
Event StateCOLORADO 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site80831 
Event Date Year2009 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude385644N 
Event Location Longitude1043411w 
Event Location AirportMeadow Lake 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID00V 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation6874 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1255 Mountain Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)265 
Weather Observation Facility IDAFF 
Elevation of weather observation facility6572 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)16 
Time Zone of the weather observationMST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height17000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsFew 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)12 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-18 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)170 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.16 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report METAR KAFF 221955Z AUTO 17009KT 10SM FEW170 12/M18 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
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)25412 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA ANM ROC  
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 2 2009 2:13PM 
User who most recently changed recordjohb 
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN9487W 
NTSB NumberCEN09LA171 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER 
Aircraft ModelPA-28C-235 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number28-11226 
Certified Max Gross Weight2900 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
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 gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionNov 1 2008 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection25 
Airframe Hours3719 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner Name9487W LLC 
Aircraft Owner Street Address793 Spruce Rd. 
Aircraft Owner CityLarkspur 
Aircraft Owner StateCO 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode801186539 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name9487W LLC 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address793 Spruce Rd. 
Operator CityLarkspur 
Operator StateCO 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code801186539 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
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 EventYes 
Departure Airport Code00V  
Departure CityFalcon 
Departure StateCO 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1130 
Departure Time ZoneMST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code00V  
Destination CityFalcon 
Destination StateCO 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 2 2009 2:14PM 
User who most recently changed recordjohb 
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location15 
Runway Length6000 
Runway Width60 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--