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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172673
Last updated: 6 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172D Skyhawk
Registration: N2948U
C/n / msn: 17250548
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (KFCH), Fresno, California -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Oceanio, CA (KL52)
Destination airport:Fresno, CA (KFCH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, about 3 miles from the destination airport, the engine experienced a loss of power. During the forced landing to a nearby field, the airplane collided with an unseen set of power lines before touching down in the field. Both the left wing and the empennage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that, when the engine lost power, the left wing fuel gauge was indicating that the tank was empty and the right wing fuel gauge was indicating that the tank was 1/4 to 1/2 full of fuel. Postaccident examination of the airframe revealed that the fuel system was not compromised, and no evidence of fuel was found in the airplane's fuel system. The examination of the engine revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper fuel planning, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.



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Revision history:

04-Jan-2015 02:49 Geno Added
04-Jan-2015 03:41 Geno Updated [Location]
09-Jan-2015 00:58 Geno Updated [Time, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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