Sunday, March 1, 2015

Piper PA-28-140, N1513J: Accident occurred March 01, 2015 at Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC), Kansas City, Missouri

NTSB Identification: CEN15CA158
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 01, 2015 in Kansas City, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/21/2015
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140, registration: N1513J
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Shortly after takeoff, following a touch and go landing, the engine sputtered and lost power. The left wing and empennage were substantially damaged during the forced landing. An examination of the airplane, engine, and related systems revealed no anomalies. The left fuel tank was empty and the right fuel tank contained 10 gallons of fuel. The pilot wrote that the loss of engine power was the result of fuel starvation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

At least one person suffered minor injuries after an aircraft apparently crashed Sunday night at Wheeler Downtown Airport.

One of the aircraft’s two occupants suffered a broken arm, said Joe McBride, a Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman.

The Piper single-engine aircraft lost power and went down on the north side of the airport on or near a gravel maintenance road, McBride said. It was unclear whether the airplane crashed or sustained a “hard landing,” McBride said.

Kansas City Fire Department personnel responded to the accident, which occurred just before 7 p.m.

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