NTSB Identification: LAX88LA076.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35195.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 24, 1987 in CHOWCHILLA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 210K, registration: N8221M
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 CROSS COUNTRY FLT, THE PLT HAD DIVERTED TO ANOTHER ARPT FOR FUEL. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO ACTIVATE THE RWY LIGHTS AND A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE THAT WAS PERPENDICULAR TO THE RWY. UPON INSPECTION OF THE ACFT, AN INCORRECT FREQUENCY WAS NOTED ON THE RADIO. THE DAY AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE CORRECT FREQUENCY WAS USED AND THE RWY LIGHTS DID ACTIVATE. THERE WAS NO FUEL NOTED IN THE FUEL TANKS OR FUEL LINES. THE PLT HAD STATED THAT HE HAD CONSUMED SOME ALCOHOL DURING DINNER, HOWEVER, A BLOOD TEST WAS CONDUCTED WHICH WAS REPORTED AS NEGATIVE. THE PLT HAD ALSO TAKEN THE ACFT WHICH THE OPERATOR REPORTED AS AN UNAUTHORIZED FLT. THE PLT DID NOT FILE AN ACC REPORT AND HIS FLT TIME WAS NOT REPORTED OR AVAILABLE.

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:

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..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

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..NOT OPERATING


Contributing Factors

INSTRUCTIONS,WRITTEN/VERBAL..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

STOLEN AIRCRAFT/UNAUTHORIZED USE..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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