NTSB Identification: LAX87LA152.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32634.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 19, 1987 in PALM SPRINGS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N759V
Injuries: 2 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 A PLEASURE CROSS COUNTRY FLT, THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED APPROXIMATELY 50 KNOT HEADWINDS. THE PLT HAD DIVERTED ONCE TO REFUEL AND HAD EXPECTED TO FLY DIRECT TO THE FINAL DESTINATION. HOWEVER, WHILE ENROUTE ON THE FINAL LEG OF THE FLIGHT, THE AIRCRAFT WAS RUNNING LOW ON FUEL. THE PLT DIVERTED TO A NEARBY AIRPORT. WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH, THE PLT NOTIFIED THE CONTROL TOWER THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE SHORT OF THE RUNWAY.

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WIND INFORMATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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