Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna 185 Skywagon, N9867X, accident occurred August 05, 2018 in Lovelock, Pershing County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lovelock, NV

Accident Number: GAA18CA468
Date & Time: 08/05/2018, 1230 PDT
Registration: N9867X
Aircraft: Cessna 185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during cruise flight, he descended the airplane due to "stronger" winds and determined that the airplane had about 10.9 gallons of fuel remaining, which he equated to about one hour of flight. About six miles from the destination airport, the airplane "ran out of gas" and the engine lost power. He performed a forced landing on a field, but the left main landing gear impacted a berm near the edge of the field during the landing flare.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 77, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/02/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/26/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 967 hours (Total, all aircraft), 234 hours (Total, this make and model), 1000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9867X
Model/Series: 185 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-0067
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3197 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 4266 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO 520 D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator:On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLOL, 3904 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 195°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  5 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Haze; No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Yellow Pine, ID (3U2)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lovelock, NV
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.167778, -118.533333 (est)

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