NTSB Identification: BFO88FA024.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37041.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 20, 1988 in ELLAMORE, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N2109Q
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

APRX 3 HRS AND 26 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF FROM REPUBLIC AIRPORT, THE PLT REPORTED HAVING ENGINE PROBLEMS. UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO AN AIRPORT, THE PLT RADIOED THAT HE WAS GOING TO ATTEMPT TO LAND ON A ROAD. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK TREES AND CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA APRX 100 FT FROM THE ROAD. INSPECTION OF THE WRECKAGE FAILED TO REVEAL ANY MECHANICAL FAILURE/ MALFUNCTION. THE LEFT FUEL TANK OPENED UP DURING THE IMPACT SEQUENCE AND SEARCH/RESCUE PERSONNEL REPORTED NO ODOR OF FUEL UPON REACHING THE ACCIDENT SITE. ONLY RESIDUAL FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT FUEL TANK.

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

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

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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