NTSB Identification: CHI89LA015.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37822.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 1988 in WYOMING, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 175A, registration: N7063E
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.

WHILE IN NORMAL CRUISE FLIGHT, THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. THE PILOT ENTERED A STEEP DESCENT (PILOT ESTIMATED 15 DEGREES NOSE DOWN) TO KEEP THE 'ENGINE WINDMILLING' AND ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENGINE. RESTART ATTEMPTS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE PILOT SELECTED AN OPEN FIELD AND EXECUTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING. DURING THE LANDING ROLL THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A DIRT BANK AND COLLAPSED THE LANDING GEAR. THE FAA INSPECTOR AT THE ACCIDENT SITE ESTIMATED THAT APPROXIMATELY FIVE GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINED IN THE LEFT TANK, AND THE RIGHT TANK CONTAINED ONLY UNUSEABLE FUEL. HE STATED THAT THE REASON THE ENGINE FAILED TO SUCCESSFULLY RESTART WHEN THE PILOT SWITCHED TO THE TANK CONTAINING FUEL WAS BECAUSE THE FUEL LINE TO THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS UNPORTED.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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