NTSB Identification: LAX83LA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20736.
Accident occurred Friday, February 04, 1983 in NAPA, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N9907M
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 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.

THE PASSENGER, WHO WAS THE OWNER OF THE ACFT, PREFLIGHTED THE ACFT & STATED THE FUEL TANKS WERE OVER HALF FULL. THE PLT ALSO NOTED THAT BOTH FUEL GAUGES READ OVER HALF FULL. THE FLT DEPARTED OAKLAND AT 1310. ABOUT 10 MI FROM NAPA THE PLT BRIEFLY APPLIED CARB HEAT AT 2,500 FT. ABOUT 2 MIN LATER HE REAPPLIED CARB HEAT, REDUCED POWER TO 15 INCHES & DESCENDED TO PATTERN ALTITUDE. AT 1340, WHILE ON SHORT FINAL, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO ADD POWER BUT THE ENG FAILED TO RESPOND. THE ACFT MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A SOFT DIRT FIELD WITHIN 1 MILE OF THE RWY. THE ACFT WAS NOT RECOVERED FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE UNTIL 5 OR 6 WEEKS AFTER THE ACCIDENT. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE LEFT TANK & ABOUT 4 GALS WAS DRAINED FROM THE RIGHT TANK.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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