NTSB Identification: FTW89LA008.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38208.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 1988 in SAN ANTONIO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7185Q
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 AIRPLANE HAD BEEN FLOWN FOR 2.2 HOURS SINCE REFUELING WHEN THIS PILOT STARTED HIS FLIGHT. THIS PILOT FLEW THE AIRPLANE FOR 2.5 HOURS AND THE ENGINE QUIT. DURING THE FORCED LANDING, THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED A POWER POLE AND POWER LINES, AND THEN THE TERRAIN. NO USABLE FUEL FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL TANKS. NO PREIMPACT PROBLEMS COULD BE FOUND WITH THE AIRPLANE OR ENGINE. ONE FUEL LINE BETWEEN THE FIREWALL FUEL FILTER AND THE CARBURETOR WAS FOUND TO BE BROKEN BUT NO INDICATION OF SPILLED FUEL WAS FOUND. PLTS LAST MEDICAL EXAM WAS JAN 1986.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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