NTSB Identification: DEN84LA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24774.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 19, 1984 in OPHEIM, MT
Aircraft: CESSNA A188B, registration: N731GL
Injuries: 1 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 WAS DAMAGED IN A FORCED LANDING AFTER THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PLT SAID THAT SEVERAL WEEKS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT HEDISCOVERED THE FUEL CROSSOVER QUICK DRAIN WAS 'FROZEN' SHUT AND WOULD NOT DRAIN. HE REMOVED THE DRAIN TO LUBRICATE IT AND UPON REINSTALLATION HE COULD NOT PROPERLY SAFETY WIRE IT DUE LACK OF ACCESS. HE WIRED IT TO AN ADJACENT SCREW. AFTERTHE ACCIDENT THE SCREW, WIRE AND DRAIN WERE MISSING. HE STATED THAT IT WAS 'POSSIBLE' THAT HE DID NOT RETIGHTEN THE SCREW. THE PLT SAID THE ACFT HAD 21 GALLONS OF FUEL FOR THIS FLT WHICH LASTED 45 MINUTES. THE ACFT, ACCORDING TO THE PLT, BURNS ABOUT 15.5 GALS/HR.

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

FUEL SYSTEM,DRAIN..SEPARATION

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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