NTSB Identification: LAX85LA313.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29815.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 11, 1985 in SAWMILL, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5706B
Injuries: 3 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 THE PLT'S PREFLIGHT INSPECTION OF HIS ACFT, HE REMOVED THE FUEL CAPS TO EXAMINE THE QUANTITY OF FUEL IN THE ACFT'S TANKS. THEREAFTER, HE FAILED TO SECURELY REFASTEN THE CAPS. AT 0700 MST THE PLT & HIS 2 PAX DEPARTED FOR A PLANNED FLT FROM AZ TO CO. 56 GALS OF FUEL WERE REPORTED BEING IN THE FUEL TANKS. ABOUT 90 MIN LATER THE FUEL GAUGES REGISTERED 'IN THE RED' & ALL ENG POWER WAS LOST. THE PLT MADE AN EMERGENCY LDG AT THE SIDE OF A ROAD. DURING ROLL OUT THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES.

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

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LOOSE


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SUPPLY..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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