NTSB Identification: NYC84LA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22216.
Accident occurred Monday, October 31, 1983 in SKANEATELES, NY
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89940
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 PILOT STATED THAT AFTER RETURNING FROM A X-CTRY FLIGHT HE WAS UNABLE TO ACTIVATE THE ARPT RWY LIGHTS. LOW ON FUEL, THE ENGINE QUIT WHILE HE SEARCHED FOR A PLACE TO LAND. HE EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING INTO AN OPEN FIELD. THE PILOT STATEDHE SHOULD NOT HAVE TRUSTED THE FUEL GAUGES AND SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE FUEL CONSUMPTION CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ACFT BEFORE THE NIGHT X-CTRY FLIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE AIRPORT OWNER AT LEAST ONE AIRCRAFT DID ACTIVATE THE LIGHTS ON THE SAME NIGHT OF THE ACCIDENT.

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:

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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