NTSB Identification: ANC82FA017
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 25, 1982 in ANCHORAGE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 152II, registration: N4825B
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE DESCENDING TO ABOUT 3000 FT THE STUDENT PILOT STATED THAT THE ENGINE STARTED SPUTTERING. SINCE THE FUEL GAGES READ EMPTY HE ATTEMPTED A LANDING AT SKY HARBOR/O'MALLEY AIRSTRIP BUT CAME IN HIGH ON THE INITIAL APPROACH. AS HE MANEUVERED FOR ANOTHER APPROACH HE ALLOWED THE AIRSPEED TO DIMINISH AND THE LANDING GEAR CONTACTED SOME TREES. THE AIRCRAFT PITCHED OVER ON ITS NOSE CAUSING IT TO STRIKE THE GROUND IN A NEAR VERTICAL ATTITUDE. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE ENTERED 4 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES OF FUEL ON BOARD ON HIS FLIGHT PLAN AND THAT HE THOUGHT THIS TO BE A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE. FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED 1 HOUR AND 22 MINUTES AFTER DEPARTING HOMER, AK. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE VISUALLY CHECKED THE FUEL BEFORE DEPARTURE AND THAT THE TANKS WERE NOT QUITE FULL. HE VERIFIED THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN FLOWN SINCE REFUELING BUT DID NOT OBTAIN THE CORRECT TOTAL FLIGHT TIME SINCE REFUELING.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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:

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TOTAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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