Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fuel Starvation: Cessna 120, N76524; accident occurred August 06, 2018 near West Plains Regional Airport (KUNO), Pomona, Howell County, Missouri


The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis - St. Anne, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

http://registry.faa.gov/N76524



Location: Pomona, MO
Accident Number: CEN18LA317
Date & Time: 08/06/2018, 1251 CDT
Registration: N76524
Aircraft: Cessna 120
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 6, 2018, about 1251 central daylight time, a Cessna 120, N76524, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Pomona, Missouri. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane departed about 1145 from the West Plains Regional Airport (UNO), West Plains, Missouri, on a local flight.

The pilot reported that he departed UNO with both wing fuel tanks full of fuel, and the fuel selector was on the left tank. After flying for about an hour, he landed at UNO and departed again. When the airplane was about 500 ft above ground level, the pilot intended to change the fuel selector to the right fuel tank. However, he inadvertently switched the fuel selector to the OFF position, and the engine stopped producing power. The pilot immediately switched the fuel selector back to the left fuel tank and attempted to restart the engine, but without success. He executed a forced landing to a field and during the landing rollout, the airplane collided with a fence and hay bale, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 84, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/04/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:05/01/2018 
Flight Time: 1576 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1200 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N76524
Model/Series:120 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 10958
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/26/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1451 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4424.11 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-200-A4B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: UNO, 1228 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 340°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A /
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration
Departure Point: West Plains, MO (UNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: West Plains, MO (UNO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1145 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  36.878611, -91.905000 (est)

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