NTSB Identification: FTW85FA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26742.
Accident occurred Monday, November 26, 1984 in HAMMOND, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172A, registration: N7415T
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.

NON-STOP ENDURANCE FOR THIS MAKE/MODEL IS 4.2 HRS IN NORMAL CRUISE. CALCULATED ETE FOR PLT'S REPORTED ROUTE OF FLIGHT IS 4.0 HRS (NON-STOP, NO WIND, NORMAL CRUISE). TIME FROM INTIAL DEPARTURE TO MISHAP WAS 6.0 HRS. ACFT OF THIS DISCRIPTION WAS OBSERVED TO LAND AT AN EN ROUTE ARPT AND DEPART WITHOUT REFUELING. PLT CALLED UNICOM AT ARPT 25 MILES FROM DESTINATION, REPORTING LOW FUEL STATE. ACFT OBSERVED IN APPARENT POWER-OFF GLIDE ON LONG STRAIGHT-IN TO RUNWAY. ABOUT 1.3 MILES FROM THRESHOLD, ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO ENTER A STEEP DECENDING 270 DEGREE TURN TOWARD SMALL OPEN AREA. INVESTIGATION REVEALED ACFT IMPACTED TREES SHORT OF OPEN AREA IN 90-DEGREE BANK AT ABOUT 25 FT AGL. NO EVIDENCE FUEL ON BOARD AT IMPACT.

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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