NTSB Identification: FTW85FA180.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29491.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 13, 1985 in FRANKLIN, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N68303
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.

ACFT CRASHED INTO A CRAWFISH POND DURING A FORCED LANDING AT NIGHT FOLLOWING A POWER LOSS AS A RESULT OF FUEL EXHAUSTION. AFTER DEPARTURE, THE PLT CONTACTED ARTCC AND STATED THAT HIS ALTERNATOR WAS OUT. WITH CENTER HELP, ALTERNATOR WAS RESTORED AND PLT CONT'D FLT. 2.3 HRS LATER, OBVIOUSLY LOST, THE PLT CALLED MAYDAY STATING HIS ALT WAS OUT, LOW ON GAS AND HE WAS LOSING RADIOS. AT THAT TIME, HE WAS 37 NM NE OF ACDT SITE AND WELL NORTH OF COURSE. ALT FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY LOOSE PIN IN ALT TO ALT CTL UNIT CONNECTOR, WHICH DROPPED ALT EXCITATION FLD. PLT HAD EXPERIENCED ALT PROBLEM ON PREV FLT.

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:

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY

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

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

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ASSISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,GENERATOR..FAILURE,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING(EMERGENCY PROCEDURE(S))..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ELECTRIC RELAY..LOOSE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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