NTSB Identification: LAX88LA257.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37335.
Accident occurred Friday, July 15, 1988 in PALMDALE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N46373
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.

WHILE CRUISING AT 9500 FEET, THE PILOT NOTED THAT THE OIL PRESSURE WAS LOW. SHORTLY AFTER, THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT TURNED TOWARD AN AIRPORT, HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE WAS LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY AND NOSED OVER IN SOFT SAND DURING THE LANDING ROLL. INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF OIL HAD TRAVELED AFT ON THE LOWER ENGINE COWLING, EMANATING FROM THE NOSE GEAR AREA. THE ENGINE HAD UNDERGONE AN ANNUAL INSPECTION ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT AND HAD FLOWN LESS THAN 1 HR. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE OIL HEAT SENSOR PROBE WAS FINGER TIGHT AND THE OIL HAD LEAKED FROM THAT AREA.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL FILTER/SCREEN..LOOSE

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

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FLUID,OIL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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