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Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna 170B, N4667C; Accident occurred December 31, 2019 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska 

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC20CA011
Date & Time: December 31, 2019
Registration: N4667C
Aircraft: Cessna 170 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 43,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 250 hours (Total, this make and model), 2100 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N4667C
Model/Series: 170 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 25611
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel; Ski 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: December 14, 2018 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3966.9 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: C145-2
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 145 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Night/dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAFA,432 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 05:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 39°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Visibility 8 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1100 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 360° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 28.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -19°C / -22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - None - Snow
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fairbanks, AK (FAI)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 19:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G
Runway Surface Type: Snow
Airport Elevation: 
Runway Surface Condition: Snow; Vegetation
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing; Full stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 64.666946,-148.133331(est)
Two people were rescued Tuesday night after their plane overturned during an emergency landing near Fairbanks, officials said.

The pilot and passenger were flying to Fairbanks that evening when the Cessna 170 suffered a loss of engine power and made an emergency landing into a frozen bog about 10 nautical miles southwest of Fairbanks, said Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska chief.

The plane flipped as it landed in deep snow, but Johnson said there were no injuries. An Army Arctic Dustoff crew from Fort Wainwright’s C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment left before midnight to rescue the stranded pilot and passenger.

The pilot and passenger were “well-prepared for the environmental conditions,” according to a statement from U.S. Army Alaska. They were brought to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Information about the plane’s origin and exactly when the crash happened was not immediately available.

Johnson said investigators are looking into what caused the engine to lose power. The plane has significant damage, he said.

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