NTSB Identification: LAX83LA129.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22353.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 08, 1983 in ARVIN, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N35105
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE DESCENDING TO LAND, THE ENG SPUTTERED & QUIT. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE FUEL GAGES INDICATED THE LEFT TANK WAS 1/4 FULL & THE RIGHT TANK WAS 1/8 FULL WHEN THE ENG LOST POWER. DURING AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON A ROADWAY, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH POLES & WIRES & CRASHED. THE PLT STATED THAT HE HAD 'DIPPED THE TANKS' DURING HIS PREFLT & HE FELT SURE HE HAD ADEQUATE FUEL FOR THE FLT. DEPUTIES FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE INSPECTED THE ACFT & FOUND THAT BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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