NTSB Identification: ATL82FA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 18, 1982 in MADISON COUNTY, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 210L, registration: N641CH
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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.

THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED DESTIN, FL AT 1554 CST ON A FLIGHT TO TULLAHOMA, TN. THE ESTIMATED TIME EN ROUTE WAS LISTED ON THE FLIGHT PLAN AS 2.5 HRS WITH 4.5 HOURS FUEL ON BOARD. DURING ARRIVAL AT TULLAHOMA, THE PILOT INITIATED A VOR/DME-B APPROACH, BUT EXECUTED A MISSED APPROACH DUE TO WEATHER. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN CLEARED TO PROCEED TO HUNTSVILLE, AL. DURING AN ILS APPROACH AT HUNTSVILLE, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AFTER THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS LOW ON FUEL. THE PLANE CRASHED AT ABOUT 1835 CST WHEN IT STRUCK TREES DURING A FORCED LANDING. AN INVESTIGAITON REVEALED THAT THE PLANE WAS LAST REFUELED ON 1/17/82 AT TULLAHOMA. AFTER THAT, IT WAS FLOWN AROUND THE AIRPORT PATTERN, AND THEN THE NEXT DAY, THE PLANE WAS FLOWN TO DESTIN. AN EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED ONLY TRACES OF FUELL.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..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..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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