NTSB Identification: ATL88LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35915.
Accident occurred Monday, November 30, 1987 in PADUCAH, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N2522L
Injuries: 1 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.

ABT 20 MI FROM PADUCAH (PAH), THE PLT CONTACTED THE FSS & SAID THE ACFT WAS LOW ON FUEL & THAT HE INTENDED TO LAND AT PAH. HE WAS INFORMED THAT THE FBO AT PAH WAS CLOSED FOR THE NIGHT & FUEL WAS AVAILABLE ONLY IF A $25 CALL-OUT FEE WAS PAID. ALSO, HE WAS TOLD THAT FUEL WAS AVAILABLE AT NEARBY FARRINGTON AIRPARK (KY29) & THAT IT WAS OPEN FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE. THE PLT ELECTED TO CONT TO KY29, WHICH WAS ABOUT 12 MI BEYOND PAH. HE SAW THE ARPT BEACON, BUT WAS UNABLE TO SEE THE RWY. AS HE WAS MANEUVERING TO FIND THE RWY, THE ENG LOST PWR FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WAS LANDED IN TREES & CAME TO REST NOSE DOWN ABOVE THE TERRAIN. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE RWY LIGHTING HRS AT KY29 HAD BEEN CHANGED TO TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AT AROUND MIDNIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE ARPT/FACILITY DIRECTORY, OPERATING HRS FOR THE RWY LIGHTS WERE FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE. HOWEVER, ARPT MANAGEMENT PSNL FOR KY29 HAD NOT NOTIFIED THE FAA OF THE CHANGE.

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL


Contributing Factors

CHARTS/OTHER MANUALS..INACCURATE


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT ADVISORIES..INACCURATE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..NOT OPERATING



Contributing Factors

INFORMATION UNAVAILABLE..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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