NTSB Identification: LAX87LA026.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31959.
Accident occurred Friday, October 24, 1986 in WEED, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/04/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: CGZWK
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.

DURING A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE ENGINE QUIT APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES NORTH OF WEED, CALIFORNIA. THE PILOT INITIATED A FORCED LANDING AND THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN 150 FEET SHORT OF THE AIRPORT. AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED THAT BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY. THE PILOT STATED THAT BOTH FUEL GAGES INDICATED THAT THE FUEL TANKS WERE 1/4 FULL, JUST PRIOR TO THE POWER LOSS.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INACCURATE..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..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION

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