NTSB Identification: LAX86LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32689.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 01, 1986 in TUCSON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N6594Y
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.

THE PLT PLANNED TO FLY NONSTOP FM HOUSTON, TX, TO PHOENIX, AZ. HE REPORTED THAT DURING THE TRIP HE ENCOUNTERED 'FLUCTUATING HEAD WINDS' & HE MISCALCULATED THE ACFT'S ENDURANCE. FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED 8 MILES FM TUCSON, AZ., & THE PLT MADE A SUCCESSFUL NIGHTIME FORCED LDG ON INTERSTATE HWY 10. AFTER REFUELING & WITH THE AID OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THE PLT & HIS PASSENGER TOOK OFF FROM THE HWY. AFTER ACCELERATING TO BETWEEN 40 & 50 KNOTS, THE ACFT DRIFTED FROM THE CENTER OF THE HWY & ITS WING COLLIDED WITH A NEARBY MESQUITE TREE. THE ACFT REMAINED AIRBORNE, & THE PLT CONTINUED FLYING TO HIS DESTINATION. WHERE HE LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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