NTSB Identification: FTW85LA071.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26653.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 08, 1984 in SLIDELL, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N24780
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHEN THE RENTER PLT ARRIVED AT THE FIXED BASE OPERATOR, HE WAS INFORMED THAT HIS ACFT HAD BEEN FLOWN 1.6 HRS AND HAD NOT BEEN REFUELED. FURTHER, HE WAS TOLD THAT THE ACFT WAS BOOKED BY ANOTHER PLT IN ONE HR. PLT ELECTED TO TAKE THE ACFT WITH PARTIAL FUEL RATHER THAN INCUR REFUELING DELAY, ESTIMATING 2.4 HRS FUEL REMAINING BASED ON FBO INFORMATION. AFTER APPROX 1.5 HRS OF FLT, INCLUDING 4TAKEOFFS, ENG QUIT WHILE IN CRUISE FLT RETURNING TO FBO AIRPORT. PLT ATTEMPTED A FORCED LANDING ON AN INTERSTATE HWY BUT STRUCK A POWER LINE ON FINAL APPROACH. THE ACFT THEN COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN UNCONTROLLED FLT. POST-MISHAP INSPECTION SHOWED FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


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PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS..PILOT IN COMMAND


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AIRCRAFT SERVICE..NOT PERFORMED..FBO PERSONNEL


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PILOT IN COMMAND

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