NTSB Identification: FTW92LA147.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46676.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 04, 1992 in COWETA, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5381B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE PILOT DEPARTED ON A CROSS COUNTRY WITH SCHEDULED LANDINGS AT THREE AIRPORTS. AFTER DEPARTING THE LAST SCHEDULED STOP, CRUISE WAS ESTABLISHED AT 1,800 FEET. FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER, A POPPING SOUND WAS HEARD FROM THE ENGINE AND ABOUT A MINUTE LATER ENGINE POWER WAS LOST WITHOUT FURTHER WARNING. THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED A TREE PRIOR TO SUBMERGING IN A RIVER. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD 25 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINING PRIOR TO HIS LAST DEPARTURE. ENGINE TEARDOWN FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY MECHANICAL PROBLEM THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED NORMAL ENGINE OPERATION.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS. FACTORS WERE THE DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT AND THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN AVAILABLE TO THE PILOT FOR THE FORCED LANDING.
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