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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75577
Last updated: 28 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177 Cardinal
Owner/operator:Phil Samuelian
Registration: N3295T
C/n / msn: 17700595
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Los Serranos Country Club, Chino Hills, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kernville, CA (L05)
Destination airport:Corona, CA (AJO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he prepared a flight plan the night before his departure which included three legs, with a fuel stop planned after the second leg. On the day of the accident, the pilot performed a preflight inspection on the airplane and determined that he had sufficient fuel to make the planned 2-hour trip with the appropriate fuel reserve. He flew to the first planned airport, and then amended his flight plan and flew to a different airport, not originally on his flight plan. He did not preflight or consider how this leg would affect his fuel calculations. After the second stop, he did an abbreviated preflight, which consisted of visually checking the fuel and oil levels. He looked into the fuel tanks, but did not physically measure the amount of fuel. He estimated the amount of fuel on board, but did not recognize that the fuel level was too low to make the flight. He then departed for the planned fuel stop airport. The airplane was over a housing tract a few miles northwest of the destination airport when the fuel supply was exhausted and the engine lost power. The pilot made a forced landing on a golf course, but could not stop the airplane before it collided with ground obstacles.
Probable Cause: The pilotís inadequate fuel planning which resulted in a loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel exhaustion.



Revision history:

11-Jul-2010 21:00 slowkid Added
11-Jul-2010 21:15 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
11-Jul-2010 21:15 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2010 21:16 slowkid Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2010 21:16 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2010 21:17 slowkid Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 17:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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