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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149233
Last updated: 8 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M
Registration: N172HA
C/n / msn: 17260872
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Quitman, Mississippi -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Brewton, AL (12J)
Destination airport:Brewton, AL (12J)
Investigating agency: NTSB
After flying for about 3 hours on a routine pipeline patrol flight at 1,500 feet above ground level, the engine “sputtered,” then ceased producing power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful and prepared for an emergency landing in a farm field below. The pilot was unable to recall the events that subsequently transpired, but a postaccident examination of the airplane showed that the left main landing gear collapsed during the landing, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing and engine firewall. Additionally, the fuel system remained intact and both fuel tanks were absent of fuel. About 1/2 pint of fuel was recovered from the fuel strainer, carburetor supply fuel line, and the carburetor float bowl. Following the accident, the pilot stated that he did not check the fuel level prior to departing on the accident flight and that the accident could have been prevented by performing a proper preflight inspection of the airplane using the published procedure in the pilot’s operating handbook.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper preflight inspection, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.



Revision history:

20-Sep-2012 00:30 gerard57 Added
20-Sep-2012 09:17 Geno Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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