NTSB Identification: LAX85LA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27430.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 23, 1984 in PHOENIX, AZ
Aircraft: Rawdon Bros. Aircraft T1, registration: N51FM
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

THE PLT PLANNED TO FLY FROM SANTA ANA, CA. TO SCOTTSDALE, AZ. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE ACFT HAD ENOUGH FUEL FOR 4 HRS OF FLYING TIME. THE ACFT'S FUEL GAGES ARE LOCATED ON THE WINGS & A FLASHLIGHT IS REQUIRED TO SEE THEM AT NIGHT. THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS CARRYING AN OPERATIVE FLASHLIGHT, BUT HE DID NOT USE IT TO LOOK AT THE FUEL GAGES BECAUSE HE WAS CERTAIN HIS ACFT CONTAINED ENOUGH FUEL FOR THE FLT. AFTER FLYING FOR ABOUT 3.5 HOURS AND 12 MI FROM THE INTENDED DESTINATION, THE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST ALL POWER. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A FORCED LANDING ON A ROAD.ON APPROACH THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A TREE. THE POST-CRASH EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED ITS FUEL TANKS TO BE VIRTUALLY DRY.

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..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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