Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2008 Issue

July 5, 2008, Pomona, Calif., Cessna 172F

The pilot said when he started his cross-country flight, 2.4 hours had been flown by the airplane since the fuel tanks had been topped off. His first leg was 1.1 hours; he landed and spent approximately 1.5 hours on the ground. He was approximately 1.1 hours into his return flight, turning base for landing, when the engine lost power. He performed a forced landing to a large parking lot and impacted the fence on its perimeter during the landing roll. The airplane’s right wing lift strut was bent, and the right wing’s leading edge was wrinkled and bent. No fuel was found in the airplane’s fuel tanks.

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