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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153351
Last updated: 29 December 2019
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Time:13:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177 Cardinal
Registration: N30227
C/n / msn: 17701133
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Elcho, WI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the engine experienced a total loss of power while in cruise flight. He attempted to restart the engine without success; therefore, he executed a forced landing on a snow-covered field. Upon landing, the airplane nosed over and then came to rest on its back. The airplane sustained substantial damage, including damage to both wings and the horizontal stabilizer. The pilot said that he decided not to refuel before the flight because his fuel calculations showed that he should have had at least 30 minutes of fuel reserve upon arrival at the destination airport; however, he did not use a calibrated instrument in determining the preflight fuel quantity. He further stated that the accident could have been prevented if he had refueled before the flight. He reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate preflight and in-flight fuel management, which led to a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

18-Feb-2013 10:53 Geno Added
18-Feb-2013 10:57 Geno Updated [Date]
20-Feb-2019 20:42 harro Updated [Date, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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