NTSB Identification: LAX86LA041.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30349.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 16, 1985 in SPRINGERVILLE, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 177A, registration: N30351
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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 PLT STATED THAT THE ENG OIL PRESSURE DROPPED TO ZERO WHILE THE ACFT WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT. HE SELECTED AN OPEN FIELD IN WHICH TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. HE SAID THAT AS HE APPROACHED THE FIELD THE ACFT ENTERED A DOWNDRAFT. HE STATED HE HAD REDUCED ENG PWR TO FLIGHT IDLE AND DID NOT APPLY THROTTLE AFTER ENCOUNTERING THE DOWNDRAFT. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TELEPHONE WIRES, A UTILITY POLE AND A WIRE FENCE. THE MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE THAT PRODUCED THE INDICATION OF LOST OIL PRESSURE WAS NOT DETERMINED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,OIL PRESSURE GAGE..NO PRESSURE
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