NTSB Identification: FTW89LA032.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38212.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 22, 1988 in HOUMA, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N6444U
Injuries: 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 WAS ON AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN BUT WAS IN VFR CONDITIONS WHEN THE COMMUNICATIONS RADIOS FAILED. PILOT USED HAND HELD TRANSCEIVER, BUT COMMUNICATIONS WERE NOT SATISFACTORY. PILOT ELECTED TO CONTINUE TO DESTINATION BUT DID NOT DECLARE AN EMERGENCY NOR ASK FOR VECTORS TO THE AIRPORT. ATC STARTED VECTORS TO THE AIRPORT ONE MILE FROM AIRPORT, JUST BEFORE END OF FLIGHT. THE AIRPLANE RAN OUT OF FUEL AND THE PILOT MADE A FORCED LANDING.

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:

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT..FAILURE,TOTAL

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