NTSB Identification: ANC87LA034.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33327.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 04, 1987 in PAXSON, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5312B
Injuries: 2 Minor,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.

THE PVT PLT TOOK OFF AT NIGHT AND FLEW INTO INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS. HE HAD FAILED TO UNLOCK THE DIRECTION GYRO UNTIL THE ACFT ENTERED THE CLOUDS. THE ACFT CRASHED 32 MILES FROM THE DEPARTURE POINT DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. AUTOMOTIVE FUEL WAS BEING USED IN THE ACFT WITHOUT AN STC. THE TOP SPARK PLUGS WERE FOUND SOOT COVERED EVENTHOUGH THEY HAD BEEN CLEANED JUST PRIOR TO THIS FLT. A SMALL AMOUNT OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT WING FUEL TANK.

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

FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,DIRECTIONAL GYRO..LOCKED

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

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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

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


Contributing Factors

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



Contributing Factors

MIXTURE..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT



Contributing Factors

MIXTURE CONTROL..IMPROPER



Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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