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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160795
Last updated: 26 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182E Skylane
Registration: N3152Y
C/n / msn: 18254152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Middletown Springs, VT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:South Hero, VT (VT26)
Destination airport:Glens Falls, NY (GFL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane departed from a private airport that did not have fuel available for purchase. The pilot reported that he elected to refuel while en route to his destination instead of other airports located near the departure airport. The pilot further reported that upon reaching the airport that he intended to refuel at, he found it was closed and diverted to another airport. At that time, he noticed that the airplane's fuel gauge needles were "bouncing off empty." The airplane subsequently experienced a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion and the pilot performed a forced landing to a field, which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall and forward portion of the fuselage. The pilot stated that he did not experience any mechanical malfunctions with the airplane and had he received a full weather briefing prior to the flight, he would have known about the closed airport and planned accordingly.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight planning, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.



Revision history:

22-Sep-2013 02:09 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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