Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Dandrige, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot reported he fueled the airplane with enough fuel for two flights with skydivers with a 30-minute reserve.
The first approach was as planned. During the second approach, the pilot had to adjust his flight path for other airplane traffic. During final approach, the engine sputtered and lost power. He landed the plane in a field short of the runway. During the landing roll the plane nosed over and came to rest on its back.
The pilot reported that the airplane experienced fuel starvation and that he did not maintain the required reserve. He indicated that more fuel would have been his recommendation to avoid this accident.
Probable cause: The loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of poor planning.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA430
This July 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.