NTSB Identification: BFO85FA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28602.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 05, 1985 in PRINCEFREDERICK, MD
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N7027E
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 ACFT FLEW 2:15 FROM CAMBRIDGE, MD, TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VA, EARLIER ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT AND WAS 2 HRS INTO THE RETURN FLT WHEN AT 5500 FT OVER PRINCE FREDERICK, MD, THE ENG LOST PWR DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION, ACCORDING TO THE PASSENGER. THE APCH TO THE PRIVATE STRIP SELECTED FOR THE FORCED LANDING WAS TOO HIGH, THE PLT STATED, AND TOUCHDOWN WAS BETWEEN HALF AND TWO-THIRDS DOWN THE 1850 FT RWY. THE ACFT COULD NOT BE STOPPED ON THE REMAINING RWY AND AN ATTEMPT TO TURN RIGHT AND AVOID TREES WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THE ACFT HAD RECEIVED MAINTENANCE ON THE FUEL GAGES ON 4/29/85. THE LEFT FUEL GAGE SENDER WAS NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY AT THAT TIME. ADDITIONALLY, THE PASSENGER, A STUDENT PLT STATED THAT THE FUEL GAGES WERE FUNCTIONING AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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:

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INOPERATIVE

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