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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174796
Last updated: 17 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N
Owner/operator:Pro Air Aviation LLC.
Registration: N9892J
C/n / msn: 17273952
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Parowan, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Albuquerque, NM (AEG)
Destination airport:Cedar City, UT (CDC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he topped-off the airplane with fuel, and departed to the west on a long cross-country flight. After flying for several hours, he saw the "glow of [city] lights" and thought it was his destination. He attempted to contact the airport by radio, but did not receive a response. He stated that, at that time, he was unable to pick up the VOR. At that point he realized that he must have drifted north and off of his intended heading. He said he adjusted his heading to the southwest, and climbed to a higher altitude. Shortly thereafter, he located his destination, and through radio contact, turned on the runway lights. As he flew over the airport, the airplane's engine began to lose power and then it "cut out." He circled around the airport as he descended and set up for a forced landing on runway 22. On the final approach, he realized that he wasn't going to make the runway. He said that he "increased the [airplane's] angle of attack," but the airplane fell short of the runway. The airplane's right wing struck a fence post and the airplane impacted the terrain approximately 50 yards short of the runway threshold. The airplane's right wing spar was bent outboard of the wing strut, and the nose landing gear was separated from the gear fork. An on-site examination of the airplane revealed that both wing fuel tanks were empty.

Probable Cause: the pilot's in-flight decision/planning which resulted in fuel exhaustion. The fence and night conditions were contributing factors.



Revision history:

23-Mar-2015 20:16 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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