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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03
NTSB Identification: ANC16CA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Sterling, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: PIPER J5A, registration: N35589
Injuries: 3 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.
The pilot was returning from a local flight when he intentionally ran the right fuel tank dry. After switching fuel tanks, he attempted to restart the engine, but the attempt was unsuccessful. During an emergency landing on a narrow road, the right wing impacted brush and trees, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's improper fuel management, which led to fuel exhaustion and a subsequent forced landing on a road too narrow for the airplane.