NTSB Identification: ANC89FA119.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39602.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, July 10, 1989 in 44 NW FAIRBANKS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 207, registration: N91052
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT RPRTD THAT BEFORE REACHING HIS DESTN, THE ENG LOST POWER OVER WOODED MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. HE TURNED THE ACFT BACK TO LAND DOWNWIND ON A SANDBAR, BUT OVERSHOT & TOUCHED DOWN IN WILLOWS. HE STATED THAT EARLIER, HE HAD FULLY SVCD THE PLANE & FLOWN IT 1 HR. HE CALCULATED THERE WAS 4 HRS OF FUEL REMAINING & THE FLT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN ONLY 2 HRS & 40 MIN. DRAINING OF THE FUEL TANKS AFTER THE ACDNT REVEALED THERE WAS 5 GAL IN THE LEFT WING TANK & LESS THAN 1 PINT IN THE RGT TANK. ACCORDING TO THE FLT MANUAL, THIS LEFT ONLY 1.5 GAL OF USABLE FUEL. THE PLT RPRTD THERE WAS LIGHT TURBC DURING THE FLT. CALCULATIONS REVEALED THE ACFT NEEDED AN ADNL 5.4 GAL OF FUEL TO COMPLETE THE FLT.

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

IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT, WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL STARVATION. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: INACCURATE FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS, INADEQUATE FUEL SUPPLY, TURBULENCE, TAILWIND, TERRAIN CONDITIONS, AND TREES (WILLOWS) IN THE EMERGENCY LANDING AREA.

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