NTSB Identification: GAA16CA259
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Reno, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N4793D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Inspector that arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, he located the uninjured pilot in command (PIC) and a passenger rated pilot who were the only occupants of the airplane. The inspector reported that the PIC told him that he had fueled the airplane prior to the flight. The PIC told the inspector that he had flown 2.5 hours on the right tank which indicated 3.9 gallons of fuel remained per the electronic fuel quantity indicator, at which time he switched to the left tank which indicated 15 gallons of fuel remained per the electronic fuel quantity indicator. The PIC reported to the inspector thatafter switching tanks the engine ran for an additional five minutes and ceased operation. The PIC told the inspector that he contacted air traffic control (ATC) stating that he had experienced an "engine failure", and that they would not make it to the nearest airport. The pilot landed the airplane on a highway five miles from the destination airport. During the landing the nose gear collapsed and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.
During a post-accident examination of the airplane by the FAA Inspector, there wasn't any usable fuel found in the left or right fuel tanks, and the paved surface where the airplane landed did not contain any evidence of fuel spillage.
The airplane landed 5 miles from the nearest airport. The pilot's destination airport was 17.5 nautical miles southwest of the accident site. The distance between the departure airport and the destination airport was about 415 nautical miles. According to the pilot operating handbook, the range of the accident airplane is 880 nautical miles.
The NTSB Investigator contacted the fixed base operator who reportedly fueled the airplane prior to the flight in order to acquire the fuel records. The operator did not have any fuel records for the accident airplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate fuel planning, resulting in fuel exhaustion and substantial damage to the firewall during the forced landing.
A small plane crashed around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCarran Boulevard and Plumb Lane in West Reno.
There is damage to the airplane but no injuries, according to Mark Winkelman of the Reno Fire Department.
Two people were aboard the plane, according to Tim Broadway of the Reno Police Department.
Southbound lanes of McCarran are closed in the area.
The Cessna 182A is registered in Truckee, CA to Extreme Source, Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration website.
Irene Quddus was driving on McCarran Boulevard when she turned a corner and "saw a plane in the middle of the road."
“I didn’t actually see it happen; I just saw the aftermath,” Quddus said. “People had stopped and were running to help him or her.”
Teryn Dominici, who works in the State Farm Insurance office on the corner of Plumb and McCarran, said she didn’t see or hear anything unusual until a reporter called.
“Oh yeah, I do see a fire truck out there,” she said. “We can’t see anything from here except where the cops are blocking south of Plumb on McCarran."
Sherry Olofson, the office administrator for Dickson Realty on the corner of McCarran and Plumb said she drove past the plane crash. She said it looks as if the pilot tried to make an emergency landing on McCarran. She didn’t see any cars involved.
“The plane looks like the nose is crashed in,” Olofson said. “It looks like it made a nose dive and tried to land on McCarran. The cockpit looks fine. I think the pilot is OK because the ambulance is still here. The wing on the passenger side is over the wall. No cars are involved, thank God."
Original article can be found here: http://www.rgj.com
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Reno police say no one was hurt when the pilot of a small plane landed on McCarran Boulevard in west Reno near Caughlin Ranch.
Initial reports are that the plane lost its engine, forcing the landing shortly before 1:30PM May 24, 2016. Southbound McCarran is closed between Plumb and Caughlin Parkway. There is no word when the plane will be moved out of the way, though it may be several hours.
The pilot of the single-engine Cessna 182A was headed to Truckee from Utah with one passenger. The plane is registered to Extreme Sports of Truckee.
Emergency crews say the pilot first looked at landing on Interstate 80, but there was too much traffic there, so McCarran was chosen instead. The landing gear bumped up against the concrete barrier upon landing, causing enough damage to prevent the plane from being towed. Instead, the plane may be dismantled to get it out of the way.
Original article can be found here: http://www.kolotv.com