NTSB Identification: LAX83LA218.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21026.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 05, 1983 in GILA BEND, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 172E, registration: N7795U
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 STUDENT PLT DEPARTED LIVERMORE, CA AT AN UNDETERMINED TIME. HE REPORTED THAT HIS DESTINATION WAS TUCSON, AZ. EN ROUTE STOPS WERE MADE AT BAKERSFIELD & BANNING, CA. AFTER REFUELING AT BANNING, HE DEPARTED ON A UNSPECIFIED & UNDETERMINED ROUTE. HE STATED THAT IN THE VICINITY OF AJO, AZ, HE ELECTED TO RETURN TO GILA BEND, AZ, BUT PROVIDED NO REASON FOR THE DIVERSION. ACCORDING TO HIM, THE ENGINE QUIT RUNNING DURING ARRIVAL & HE WAS TOO LOW TO ALIGN THE ACFT WITH THE RWY. THE ACFT WAS LANDED CROSS-WISE TO THE RWY & COLLIDED WITH A DIRT BERM. AN EXAM REVEALED THE LEFT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY & ONLY ABOUT 2 GAL WAS REMAINING IN THE RIGHT TANK. UNUSABLE FUEL FOR THE CESSNA 172E IS APRX 2 GAL. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE STUDENT PILOT WAS INDORSED FOR THE X-COUNTRY. THERE WAS NO INDICATION IN HIS REPORT THAT EITHER OF THE PASSENGERS WERE RATED PILOTS.

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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