Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2001 Issue

May 28, Georgetown, Texas / Cessna Skyhawk

At 17:22 central time, a Cessna 172N struck trees during an emergency landing at Georgetown Municipal Airport. The pilot and his two passengers received minor injuries. The flight departed Hutchinson, Kan., at 12:50, with a planned destination of Austin, Texas. The pilot said he had flown from Austin to Hutchinson a few days earlier without refueling and planned to make the return trip without a fuel stop. The fuel gauges read “empty” as the flight passed Georgetown, but the pilot “did not believe the gauges” and continued the flight. When the airplane was four miles past Georgetown, the pilot reported the airplane was out of fuel. The pilot tried to return to Georgetown but crashed short of...

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