NTSB Identification: NYC02LA074.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 24, 2002 in Moneta, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/23/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 182C, registration: N8667T
Injuries: 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.

After releasing parachutists, the pilot planned to return to the airport. During the descent, about 2,500 feet msl, the engine began to lose power. The pilot thought that carburetor ice caused the power loss, and performed emergency procedures, which included the application of carburetor heat. The engine did not regain power, and the pilot planned an emergency landing to a field. As the pilot began to flare, the engine power returned, and he performed a go-around. During the go-around, about 50 feet agl, the engine began to lose power again. The pilot then attempted to land in a smaller field with an up-sloping incline. During the landing, the nose gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest. The pilot stated that he departed with 12 gallons of fuel, and did not experience any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. However, the pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that he either experienced carburetor ice or ran out of fuel. The FAA inspector did not find any fuel in the left fuel tank, and found less than 1 gallon of fuel in the right fuel tank. He did not find any fuel in the fuel line to the carburetor, nor the gascolator.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.

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