NTSB Identification: LAX82FVG17
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 19, 1982 in FOLSOM, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/19/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N3910D
Injuries: 3 Serious,2 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.

THE PILOT VISUALLY CHECKED THE FUEL BEFORE TAKEOFF AND WAS AWARE THAT THE TANKS WERE NOT FULL. HE REPORTED THAT HE WOULD ONLY USE 80/87 OCTANE FUEL BECAUSE THE ENGINE WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH VALVES THAT WOULD ACCEPT 100 OCTANE FUEL. DURING THE FLIGHT, HE ENCOUNTERED CLOUDS AND DIVERTED FROM HIS ORIGINAL ROUTE. THE LEFT FUEL TANK WENT DRY ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTH OF PHOENIX FIELD, FAIR OAKS, CA. HE SWITCHED TO THE RIGHT TANK AND PROCEEDED TOWARD PHOENIX FIELD. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE CHECKED THE RIGHT FUEL TANK GAUGE AFTER SWITCHING TANKS AND IT SHOWED A LITTLE LESS THAN HALF FULL. HOWEVER, WHILE THE PILOT WAS DIVERTING, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND WOULD NOT RESTART. THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING A LANDING ON ROUGH, HILLY TERRAIN IN AN AREA OF TREES AND BRUSH. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS APPROXIMATELY 4500 FT MSL.

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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..ERRATIC



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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