NTSB Identification: ATL88FA073.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35837.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 03, 1988 in HUNTSVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N6438W
Injuries: 3 Serious,2 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT HAD LANDED AT NAPLES, FL ON DEC 26 FOR A VACATION WITH HIS FAMILY. REPORTEDLY, THE FUEL TANKS WERE TOPPED AT THAT TIME. ON JAN 3 HE FILED AN IFR FLT PLAN FROM NAPLES TO NASHVILLE, TN. HE DID NOT VISUALLY CK THE FUEL IN THE TANKS. NEAR COLUMBUS, GA, HE CHANGED DESTINATIONS TO HUNTSVILLE FOR FUEL. NEAR ANNISTON, HE REQ WEATHER AND FUEL AVAILABILITY INFO. HE ELECTED TO CONTINUE TO HUNTSVILLE. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND THE GROUND ABOUT ONE MILE SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THREE OCCUPANTS RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES AND TWO RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. ONLY TRACES OF FUEL WERE FOUND.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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