NTSB Identification: ATL87LA224.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34739.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 25, 1987 in CALERA, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA R182, registration: N737ZZ
Injuries: 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 AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING A FORCED LDG ATTEMPT. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE OBSERVED THE FUEL GAUGES INDICATING NEAR EMPTY SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTURE. AS HE EXECUTED A 'STEEP' 180 DEG TURN BACK TOWARD THE ARPT, THE ENGINE SPUTTERED AND 'QUIT'. DURING HIS SUBSEQUENT ATTEMPT TO LAND IN A FIELD, THE ENGINE RESTARTED AND THE AIRPLANE 'TOOK OFF' ON HIM INTO NEARBY TREES. HE PULLED THE POWER BACK AND DELIBERATELY STALLED THE AIRPLANE INTO THE TREES. THE PILOT NOTED THAT HE DID NOT VISUALLY CHECK THE FUEL QUANTITY DURING HIS PREFLIGHT INSPECTION.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

POWERPLANT..SURGE



Contributing Factors

STALL..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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