NTSB Identification: CHI84FA303.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27248.
Accident occurred Friday, July 20, 1984 in BIRCHWOOD, WI
Aircraft: CESSNA 421, registration: N14TC
Injuries: 3 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

DURING FLT, THE PLT TRANSMITTED TO ARTCC 'WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM, WE'RE LOSING ALTITUDE.' THE CONTROLLER PROVIDED A VECTOR TO THE NEAREST ARPT, BUT SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE PLT STATED THAT HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REACH THE ARPT. THE PLT DID NOT INFORM ARTCC OF HIS SPECIFIC PROBLEM, EXCEPT TO SAY THAT THE ACFT WAS DESCENDING RAPIDLY. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT 1/2 MI FROM AN OPEN AREA. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, ABOUT 1 QUART OF FUEL WAS FOUND REMAINING IN THE LEFT INBOARD (AUX) FUEL TANK. ALL OF THE OTHER TANKS WERE RUPTURED FROM IMPACT. NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL SPILLAGE WAS FOUND AT THE ACCIDENT SITE. THE LEFT PROP WAS FOUND IN THE FEATHERED POSITION & THE RIGHT PROP WAS FOUND PARTIALLY FEATHERED. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. BOTH ENGS WERE STARTED & BOTH OPERATED SATISFACTORILY, AFTER FUEL WAS SUPPLIED BY TEMPORARY TANKS.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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