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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : gxy|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 844
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 26|
flight time total : 127
flight time type : 127
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
How problem arose. Not calculating enough fuel reserves for strong headwind conditions. Contributing factors. Excessive fuel consumption due to headwinds and possible improper carburetor idle adjustments. Discovered by low fuel gauge indications and engine out (failure). Corrective action. Refuel more frequently under strong headwind conditions. Consider flying with better than 1/2 full tanks. Do not rely on fuel gauge accuracy. Factors affecting human performance. Be aware of loss of judgement facility due to fatigue. Callback conversation with reporter revealed following information. Aircraft was landed on a road near the airport. Patches of ice resulted in the left gear getting into skid and the wing striking a pole causing substantial damage to the wing spar. No injuries or other damage. Report was made to the FAA and they have scheduled an oral review of aircraft performance and navigation techniques. Aircraft is still awaiting repairs. Flight was returning after a cross country.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FUEL EXHAUSTION RESULTS IN OFF ARPT LNDG.
Narrative: HOW PROB AROSE. NOT CALCULATING ENOUGH FUEL RESERVES FOR STRONG HEADWIND CONDITIONS. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS. EXCESSIVE FUEL CONSUMPTION DUE TO HEADWINDS AND POSSIBLE IMPROPER CARB IDLE ADJUSTMENTS. DISCOVERED BY LOW FUEL GAUGE INDICATIONS AND ENG OUT (FAILURE). CORRECTIVE ACTION. REFUEL MORE FREQUENTLY UNDER STRONG HEADWIND CONDITIONS. CONSIDER FLYING WITH BETTER THAN 1/2 FULL TANKS. DO NOT RELY ON FUEL GAUGE ACCURACY. FACTORS AFFECTING HUMAN PERFORMANCE. BE AWARE OF LOSS OF JUDGEMENT FACILITY DUE TO FATIGUE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED FOLLOWING INFO. ACFT WAS LANDED ON A ROAD NEAR THE ARPT. PATCHES OF ICE RESULTED IN THE L GEAR GETTING INTO SKID AND THE WING STRIKING A POLE CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE WING SPAR. NO INJURIES OR OTHER DAMAGE. RPT WAS MADE TO THE FAA AND THEY HAVE SCHEDULED AN ORAL REVIEW OF ACFT PERFORMANCE AND NAV TECHNIQUES. ACFT IS STILL AWAITING REPAIRS. FLT WAS RETURNING AFTER A XCOUNTRY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.