NTSB Identification: ANC82FA102
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 29, 1982 in NEAR KOTZEBUE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7650G
Injuries: 3 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 AIRCRAFT WAS LANDED IN THE TUNDRA FOLLOWING A POWER LOSS RETURNING FROM A SEARCH MISSION. THE LOST PERSON WAS A FRIEND OF THE PILOT OF THIS ACCIDENT AIRCRAFT. POSSIBLY BECAUSE OF THIS THE PILOT SEARCHED LONGER THAN NECESSARY AND RAN OUT OF FUEL ON THE WAY HOME. ALSO THE FUEL TANKS WERE NOT TOPPED OFF PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AND THE PILOT DID NOT TAKE TIME TO VISUALLY CHECK THE TANKS. A LANDING DURING THE SEARCH MISSION WAS MADE AND NO REFUELING WAS ACCOMPLISHED. THE AIRCRAFT HAD FLOWN 5 AND 1/2 HOURS BEFORE HEADING FOR HOME. MAXIMUM RANGE IS 6 HOURS.

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR..OVERLOAD

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