NTSB Identification: ATL93LA093.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 16, 1993 in GRANDVIEW, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N6231B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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DURING THE RETURN LEG OF A CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE STUDENT PILOT OBSERVED LOWER THAN EXPECTED FUEL QUANTITY READINGS, AND SUSPECTED A FUEL LEAK OR EXCESSIVE FUEL BURN. HE WAS ALSO OBSERVING SIGNS OF ELECTRICAL FAILURE. HE ELECTED TO PERFORM A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A RURAL ROAD. DURING THE LANDING ROLL, HE MANEUVERED THE AIRCRAFT TO AVOID ONCOMING TRAFFIC. THE RIGHT WING COLLIDED WITH A POLE, A FENCE, AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER. POST-ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED THAT 3 SPARK PLUG LEADS WERE LOOSE, AND A FOURTH WAS DISCONNECTED. THE FUEL TANKS WERE 1/2 TO 3/4 FULL. THE AIRCRAFT ALTERNATOR WAS OPERATIVE, HOWEVER THE BATTERY WAS DISCHARGED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE OF THE AIRCRAFT BATTERY.

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