Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N79575; accident occurred July 28, 2019 in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Oshkosh, WI
Accident Number: CEN19CA239
Date & Time: 07/28/2019, 1632 CDT
Registration: N79575
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot was conducting the return leg of a cross-country flight. He reported that the airplane was full of fuel before he departed on the first leg of the trip, the duration of which he did not provide. The pilot also reported that he was concerned with the weather at his destination and did not add fuel before departing on the accident flight to expedite his return. He had planned the flight at 7,000 ft mean sea level and felt there was enough fuel onboard at that altitude. After about 1 hour of flight, an air traffic controller directed the pilot to climb to 9,000 ft and rerouted the flight. The pilot stated he became concerned with the fuel level at that time due to the climb and change in wind, but he chose to continue to his destination. About 30 minutes later and 20 miles short of the intended destination, the engine lost all power due to fuel exhaustion, and the pilot subsequently conducted an emergency landing in a field. At no time during the flight did the pilot express his concerns about the lack of fuel onboard to the controller, request a diversion to a closer airport, or declare an emergency.

The elevator sustained substantial damage.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper fuel planning and decision to not divert to a closer airport when the planned flight profile changed, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.


Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)
Altitude - Attain/maintain not possible

Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)
Fuel planning - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Fuel exhaustion
Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)

Off-field or emergency landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/17/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 427 hours (Total, all aircraft), 116 hours (Total, this make and model), 51 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N79575
Model/Series: 172 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17258188
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Fox Valley Flyers Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: Fox Valley Flyers Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOSH
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Unknown
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots / 20 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Iowa City, IA (IOW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Appleton, WI (ATW)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

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:  43.954722, -88.664167 (est)

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Authorities said the missing pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed in Oshkosh Sunday returned the scene, uninjured.

Originally, when emergency crews responded to a plane down, along Highway 44 southwest of Oshkosh, the pilot was no where to be seen.

Officials said the pilot returned to the scene and is talking to the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane crashed down around 4:30 p.m. Sunday evening. 

The pilot went through a farm field and the plane ended up in a ditch.

Officials do not know the cause of the crash, but say there is very little damage to the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Emergency crews are looking for a pilot after a single-engine plane crashed down along Highway 44 southwest of Oshkosh.

The plane crashed down around 5 p.m. Sunday evening. 

The pilot went through a farm field and the plane ended up in a ditch.

The pilot was nowhere to be seen when emergency crews arrived on scene. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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