NTSB Identification: ATL83FA116.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21128.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 22, 1983 in RED BANK, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N54498
Injuries: 4 Serious.

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.

AT APRX 2200 EST, THE ACFT DEPARTED LANSING, IL ON A FLT TO COLUMBUS, GA. A PASSENGER STATED THAT A REFUELING STOP HAD BEEN PLANNED FOR EITHER BOWLING GREEN OR NASHVILLE. HOWEVER, A STOP WAS NOT MADE. THE PASSENGER INDICATED THAT THE PILOTS WERE UNSURE OF THE ACFT'S POSITION DURING THE FLT. AT APRX 0303 EST, THE AIRCREW CONTACTED ATLANTA CENTER & REQUESTED MILEAGE TO CHATTANOOGA. AT ABOUT 0328, CENTER NOTIFIED THEM THAT THE ACFT WAS APRX 28 MI NORTHWEST OF CHATTANOOGA. THE AIRCREW THEN REQUESTED TO BE ALIGNED FOR A STRAIGHT-IN APCH DUE TO LOW FUEL. A SHORT TIME LATER, THE AIRCREW TRANSMITTED THAT THEY HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL & WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REACH THE ARPT. DURING A FORCED LANDING AT NIGHT, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES, THEN IMPACTED IN A PARKING LOT.

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

COMMUNICATIONS/INFORMATION/ATC..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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 SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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