NTSB Identification: MKC83LA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 15, 1982 in TOPEKA, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/15/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N757JT
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.

ON A FLIGHT FROM POPLAR BLUFF, MO TO TOPEKA, KS, THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED HEADWINDS. ABOUT 4 TO 5 MILES FROM HIS DESTINATION AIRPORT, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DAMAGED DURING A FORCED LANDING IN A PLOWED FIELD BETWEEN 2 NORTH-SOUTH POWER LINES. ONLY ABOUT 1 PINT OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL TANKS, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKS. BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PILOT INSURED THAT THE FUEL TANKS WERE FULL (24.5 USABLE GALLONS). ACCORDING TO THE AIRCRAFT'S INFORMATION MANUAL, THE PLANE WOULD HAVE USED 22.37 GALLONS OF FUEL DURING A FLIGHT AT 3000 FT MSL USING 75% POWER.

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:

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..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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