NTSB Identification: CHI90LA254.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42775.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 1990 in FARMINGTON, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N29490
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 AIRPLANE WAS ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT WHEN ITS ENGINE CEASED TO RUN AFTER 4 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES. THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED FROM ALTITUDE AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING THE FORCED LANDING INTO A FIELD. INSPECTION OF THE UNDAMAGED FUEL TANKS REVEALED BOTH COMPLETELY EMPTY. THE AIRPLANES HOURLY RANGE, FOR THE ALTITUDE FLOWN, WOULD BE BETWEEN 7.2 AND 6.3 HOURS DEPENDING UPON WETHER THE FUEL TANKS WERE FILLED TO THE TOP OR UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FUEL TANK FILLER NECK. FUEL TANK FILLER CAP GASKETS WERE FOUND MODERATELY DETERIORATED AND LEAKED SMALL AMOUNTS OF FUEL WHEN THE WING TANKS CONTAINED FUEL AND WERE INVERTED.

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

FUEL EXHAUSTION DUE TO UNKNOWN REASONS.

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