NTSB Identification: ATL84LA015.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22502.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 04, 1983 in MADISONVILLE, KY
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration: N4880B
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE ACFT WAS BEING FLOWN ON A RETURN FLT AFTER BEING REFUELED AT TRENTON, NJ. HE REPORTED THAT THE ACFT HELD 100 GAL OF USABLE FUEL & HAD CONSUMED 70 GALS ON THE INITIAL FLT ON THE SAME ROUTE. HE REPORTED THAT THE GROUND SPEED & FUEL CHECKS CONFIRMED A FORCASTED 15 KT HEAD WIND. HE EXPECTED THAT THE ACFT WOULD USE AN ADDITIONAL 10 GAL ON THE RETURN TRIP. HE STATED THAT HE STARTED A DESCENT ABOUT 50 MI FROM THE DESTINATION WITH THE FUEL GAGES INDICATING APRX 25 GAL. HOWEVER, THE FUEL INDICATION BEGAN DROPPING RAPIDLY. BEFORE REACHING THE RWY, BOTH ENGS LOST POWER FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PLT STATED THAT HIS FUEL GAGES INDICATED THERE WAS 5 GAL REMAINING IN EACH TANK. DURING THE LANDING AT NIGHT, THE GEAR COLLAPSED. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.

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

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..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION


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