NTSB Identification: FTW88FA011.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35882.
Accident occurred Friday, October 23, 1987 in MIDWAY, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N4357R
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 (A CO-OWNER) WAS ON THE 1ST FLT OF THE ACFT AFTER ITS 150 HP LYCOMING O-320 ENG HAD BEEN REPLACED WITH A 180 HP LYCOMING O-360 ENG. HE TOOK OFF AT ABOUT 1115 CDT. THE FLT PROGRESSED W/O RPRTD INCIDENT UNTIL 1437 CDT, WHEN THE PLT STATED THE ACFT WAS LOW ON FUEL. HE ELECTED TO DIVERT TO CONROE, TX & WAS CLRD TO PROCEED DIRECT. HE DSCNDD FROM 9000' TO 4000'. AT ABT 1559, HE DECLARED AN EMERG, STATING THE ENG HAD LOST PWR. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE TRIED TO MAKE AN EMERG LANDING IN AN OPEN AREA. HOWEVER, BEFORE LANDING, THE ACFT HIT TREES & CRASHED. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ACFT HAD A FUEL CAPACITY OF 38 GAL OF USABLE FUEL. IT HAD BEEN FLOWN ON A PREVIOUS FLT FOR APRX 1/2 HR & WAS NOT REFUELED PRIOR TO THIS FLT. PERSONNEL OF THE COMPANY THAT REPLACED THE ENG RPRTD THEY HAD BRIEFED THE PLT THAT FUEL CONSUMPTION OF THE NEW ENG WAS APRX 10 GAL/HR PER THE LYCOMING O-360 HANDBOOK. THE PLT'S SHOULDER HARNESS WAS FND IN A STOWED PSN.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

SHOULDER HARNESS..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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