NTSB Identification: CHI85LA346.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29271.
Accident occurred Monday, August 12, 1985 in HILLSDALE, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N3495F
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.

THE ACFT CONTACTED TREES DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE ACFT WAS IN CRUISE FLT WHEN THE PLT NOTED THE FUEL GAGES INDICATED A LOW FUEL STATE. HE HAD TURNED TOWARD AN ARPT WHICH WAS CLOSER THAN HIS DESTINATION AND THE ENG QUIT. HE ATTEMPTED A FORCED LANDING IN A FLD AND TREES WERE CONTACTED. THE FUEL TANKS WERE FOUND EMPTY. FUEL STAINS WERE NOTED TRAILING FROM THE LEFT FUEL CAP, PRIMER LINES, AND AROUND THE CARBURETOR.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LEAK


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,LINE FITTING..LEAK


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT SERVICE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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