NTSB Identification: BFO91LA076.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44170.
Accident occurred Monday, August 26, 1991 in NEW MARKET, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA A188B, registration: N8284G
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 SAID THAT THE ENGINE LOST POWER DURING CRUISE FLIGHT AS HE WAS RETURNING FROM AN AERIAL APPLICATION. HE STATED THAT HIS FUEL GAGES WERE NOT OPERATIVE, AND DURING THE PREFLIGHT, HE ESTIMATED THAT HE HAD ABOUT 1.5 HOURS OF FUEL ABOARD. HE SAID THE FLIGHT LASTED ABOUT 50 MINUTES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS LANDED IN A FIELD WHERE IT COLLIDED WITH A DITCH AND WAS DAMAGED. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF HE HAD BEEN MORE CAREFUL IN CHECKING THE FUEL TANKS AND REFUELING AFTER EACH TRIP. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED THE FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY.

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

INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT BY THE PILOT, WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL EXHAUSTION DUE TO AN INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FUEL. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE INOPERATIVE FUEL QUANTITY GAGES.

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