NTSB Identification: FTW85LA080.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27090.
Accident occurred Monday, December 17, 1984 in VANCOURT, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C, registration: N6865D
Injuries: 4 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.

AFTER A COMPLETE WX BRF THE PLT DEPARTED INTO KNOWN IFR COND WELL BELOW APCH MIN AT THE DEST ARPT WITH INADEQUATE FUEL RESERVES AND NO FIELD ALTERNATE. AFTER 2 MISSED APCHS THE PLTS DESIRED ALTERNATE WAS BELOW MINIMUMS. EN ROUTE TO A SECOND ALTERNATE AIRPORT A DOUBLE ENG PWR LOSS DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION WAS EXPERIENCED. A GEAR UP FORCED LANDING TO A HIGHWAY WAS PERFORMED AFTER ATC PERSONNEL ASSISTED THE PLT IN ESTABLISHING VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE GROUND.

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 CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WHEELS UP LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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