NTSB Identification: FTW86FRA02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29549.
Accident occurred Friday, December 06, 1985 in HOUSTON, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N72WF
Injuries: 1 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 CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE ACFT HAD EXTRA FUEL CANS ON BOARD AND HAD BEEN FLYING FOR ALMOST 12 HOURS IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID CAPTURE BY U.S. AGENTS FOR THE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA. THE ACFT CONTAINED 750 LBS OF MARIJUANA OBTAINED IN BELIZE,CENTRAL AMERICA. WHEN HE BECAME AWARE OF PURSUIT BY OTHER ACFT THE PLT REDUCED FUEL CONSUMPTION SO THAT A LANDING COULD BE MADE AFTER DARK. WHEN HE FAILED TO ELUDE HIS PURSUERS THE PLT FLEW UNTIL FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PLT IS NOW IN CUSTODY OF U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT.

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

FLT WITH INADQT EN ROUTE/DESTN FACILITIES..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE..EXCEEDED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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