NTSB Identification: ATL89LA040.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37867.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 17, 1988 in BATAVIA, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N4137V
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.

AFTER ABOUT 3 HOURS AND 20 MINS OF FLIGHT THE PILOT EXPERIENCED A COMPLETE POWER FAILURE. HE ATTEMPTED TO REACH THE CLOSEST AIRPORT, BUT WAS FORCED TO LAND IN A FIELD 3 MILES SHORT. THE PILOT HAD ESTIMATED THAT HE HAD 4 HRS FUEL. AT ABOUT 9 GPH AND 33.5 GALS OF USABLE FUEL THE TOTAL ENDURANCE (ASSUMING PROPER LEANING) IS 3.7 HRS MINUS FUEL FOR T/O, TAXI, AND CLIMB. THE AIRPLANE WAS SERVICED WITH AUTOMOTIVE FUEL. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS REPORTED.

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..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:

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

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