NTSB Identification: ATL87LA086.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33437.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 14, 1987 in JEFFERSONTOWN, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 210L, registration: N93022
Injuries: 3 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.

DURING IFR FLIGHT IN VFR CONDITIONS THE PILOT REPORTED LOW FUEL SITUATION TO APPROACH CONTROL. THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN THE VICINITY OF SEVERAL LIGHTED AIRPORTS AT THAT TIME. THE AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND MADE FORCED LANDING AT NIGHT IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN WHERE AN INFLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN OCCURRED. THE PILOT HAD FILED AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN FROM MIAMI TO KNOXVILLE. THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED IN THE KNOXVILLE AREA EARLIER THAN PLANNED AND THE PILOT DECIDED THAT SUFFICIENT FUEL REMAINED TO COMPLETE THE FLIGHT TO LOUISVILLE. THE FUEL GAUGES INDICATED TWO HOURS RANGE FOR THE ONE HOUR FLIGHT. DURING PREFLIGHT INSPECTION AT MAIMI THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE RIGHT FUEL TANK WAS FILLED TO FILLER CAP; THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS FILLED TO A LEVEL THAT COULD BE FLET WITH FINGER TIPS. THERE WAS NO REPORT OF ANY MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE AIRCRAFT PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

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

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

REFUELING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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