NTSB Identification: ATL90LA160.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41651.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 19, 1990 in LAWRENCEVILE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/15/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N5354Q
Injuries: 4 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 AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER WHILE IN CRUISE AT 7500 FEET MSL. THE PILOT SWITCHED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT MAIN TANK, ATTEMPTED RESTART WITHOUT SUCCESS AND WAS COMMITTED TO A FORCED LANDING. DURING ROLLOUT ON SOFT TERRAIN, THE AIRPLANE PITCHED FORWARD ON THE NOSE WHEEL AND LEFT WINGTIP TO AN INVERTED POSTION, RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. THE PASSENGER REPORTED NO INJURY; THE PILOT SUSTAINED MINOR INJURY. THE LEFT AUXILIARY TANK AND RIGHT MAIN TANK CONTAINED FUEL; THE LEFT MAIN TANK WAS EMPTY UPON INSPECTION. TEST AFFIRMED TRANSFER AND ENGINE OPERATION GIVEN FUEL. NO MECHANICAL DISCREPANCY WAS FOUND TO ACCOUNT FOR POWER LOSS.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING ROLL.

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