NTSB Identification: ATL84FKG07.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24542.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 18, 1984 in ATLANTA, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N53655
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 PLT WAS HAVING TROUBLE WITH HIS RADIOS, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, FUEL/ENG GAGES & AMMETER, SO HE TURNED OFF HIS ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT & PREPARED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF FUEL EXHAUSTION, HIS SPACING BEHIND ANOTHER ACFT IN THE LANDING PATTERN WAS CLOSE & HE ENCOUNTERED WAKE TURBULENCE AS HE FLARED. THE RGT WING HIT THEGROUND & THE ACFT SLID TO A STOP. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE BATTERY WAS DEAD, THERE WAS A FAULTY BATTERY CONTACTOR & THE STARTER WAS ENGAGED. DURING A TEST FLT AFTER REPAIRS, THE ALTERNATOR CONTROL UNIT MALFUNCTIONED. IT WAS CHANGED & NO FURTHER DISCREPANCIES WERE NOTED.

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED

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

VISUAL SEPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT




Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL



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