According to the pilot, the Cessna 172 lost power as it approached the destination airport in Temecula, Calif. He attempted to restart the engine, but was not successful, so he decided to land on a nearby street.
During the landing roll, the airplane hit a chain link fence and sustained substantial damage to the engine firewall, undercarriage, and the tail. The pilot received minor injuries.
Examination of the fuel tanks revealed that both tanks contained a total of 1.5 gallons of fuel. The pilot operating handbook identifies 3 gallons as unusable.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s inadequate fuel planning, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA163
This March 2013 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.