NTSB Identification: LAX85FA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28016.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 12, 1985 in EL MONTE, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N34212
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 ENGINE LOST PWR & WAS RESTARTED TWICE BEFORE IT QUIT. THE ACFT LANDED IN A DRY RIVERBED TWO MILES SOUTH OF THE ARPT. TWO OUNCES OF FUEL WERE FOUND AT THE SCENE. WINDS WERE SLIGHTLY GREATER THAN FORECAST. FOUR TAXI/RUNUP/TAKEOFF/ CLIMBS HAD BEEN MADE SINCE REFUELING AND THE PILOT HAD FLOWN SEVERAL DIVERSIONS. HE MISTAKENLY THOUGHT THAT HE HAD TOPPED THE TANKS AT THE LAST REFUELING & FAILED TO CHECK VISUALLY PRIOR TO THE LAST TAKEOFF.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WIND INFORMATION..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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