NTSB Identification: CHI85FA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27009.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 07, 1984 in ALLEGAN, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 310C, registration: N9715Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 NON INST NON MULTI-ENG RATED PVT PLT/OWNER OCCUPIED THE RT SEAT & EMPLOYED THE CFI FOR FERRYING THE NEWLY PURCHASED ACFT. FROM THE START, THE FLT EXPERIENCED COMM DIFFICULTIES & A COMPASS SYSTEM MALFUNCTION PROBLEM. ARTCC TRANSCRIPTS REVEAL THAT ATC WAS AWARE OF THE COMPASS PROBLEM & VECTORED N97152 BACK ON CRS FREQUENTLY. THE PLT/OWNER STATED THAT HE SLEPT FROM DEPT TO APRX 1/2 HR BEFORE THE CRASH. HE SAID HE WOKE TO WHAT HE CONSIDERED HEAVY RAIN NOISE & HEAVY TURBULENCE. ABOUT THIS TIME THE CFI REQUESTED RADAR VECTORS TO THE VOR FINAL APCH COURSE AT PAGDHAM ARPT BUT WAS TOLD THE FINAL APCH FIX WAS NOT DEPICTED ON RADAR. THE CFI THEN STATED HE WAS LOW ON FUEL AND ASKED TO BE VECTORED 'RIGHT OVER THE AIRPORT AT ALLEGAN.' HE SPOTTED THE ARPT BELOW HIM AND CANCELED HIS IFR CLEARANCE. THE PLT/OWNER STATED THAT THE ACFT WAS BURNING FUEL FROM THE AUX TANKS AND THE GAGES INDICATED '0'. THE ACFT CRASHED A FEW MINS LATER. INVESTIGATION VERIFIED FUEL EXHAUSTION.

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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