NTSB Identification: DEN91LA015.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42929.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 30, 1990 in SILVER CITY, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 182C, registration: N8859T
Injuries: 2 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 PRIVATE PILOT AND HIS PASSENGER WERE ON A SIGHT-SEEING FLIGHT NEAR SILVER CITY, NEW MEXICO, WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT. HE SAID THAT HE RAN THE LEFT FUEL TANK DRY, BUT WHEN HE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS, THE ENGINE DID NOT RESTART. HE SAID THAT HE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME/ALTITUDE TO GET THE ENGINE RESTARTED BEFORE HE HAD TO CONCENTRATE ON A FORCED LANDING. THE LANDING WAS NORMAL BUT DURING THE GROUND ROLL THE NOSE GEAR STRUCK A HIDDEN ROCK CAUSING THE NOSE GEAR TO SEPARATE FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT SUBSEQUENTLY NOSED OVER AND DAMAGED THE EMPENNAGE AND THE VERTICAL STABILIZER.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER PLANNING WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL STARVATION.

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