NTSB Identification: CHI83LA196.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23151.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 04, 1983 in LOGANSPORT, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N533H
Injuries: 1 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 HAD RECENTLY PURCHASED THE AMPHIBIOUS ACFT, HAD RECEIVED 6.7 HRS DUAL INSTRUCTION & WAS INDORSED FOR SOLO FLT. DURING A X-COUNTRY FROM ELIZABETHTON, TN, HE LANDED AT RICHMOND, KY & PURCHASED 23. 8 GAL OF FUEL. ON THE NEXT LEG TO LAFAYETTE, IN, HE MADE SOME HDG & ALT CHANGES TO AVOID WX. ALSO ON THAT LEG, HE RECALCULATED HIS FUEL CONSUMPTION & ESTIMATED HE HAD SUFFICIENT FUEL TO CONTINUE TO WARSAW, IN. AT LAFAYETTE, HE MADE A MINOR REPAIR, THEN TOOK OFF WITHOUT REFUELING. WHILE EN ROUTE TO WARSAW, THE ENG LOST POWER. THE PLT RESTARTED IT, BUT IT RAN ONLY 2 TO 3 SEC, THEN WOULD NOT RESTART. HE BEGAN AN EMERGENCY, WHEELS-UP LANDING IN A WHEAT FIELD, BUT SAW A POWER LINE & DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH SPEEDTO FLY OVER IT. WHILE FLYING UNDER THE WIRES, THE FLOATS HITA BANK & THE PLANE CRASHED. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL TANKS. GASKET MATERIAL WAS FOUND IN A FUEL SCREEN, BUT LATER, THE ENG WAS RUN WITH THE MATERIAL IN THE SCREEN & IT RAN NORMALLY. APRX 145 GAL OF FUEL HAD BEEN USED IN 8.2 HRS OF FLT, WHICH INCLUDED MANY LANDINGS.

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

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

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..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

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT



Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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