NTSB Identification: ATL94LA141
Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 1994 in VIDALIA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 150K, registration: N6074G
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE DEPARTED ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT WITH 4 HOURS OF FUEL ON BOARD, OR 24.5 USABLE GALLONS. DURING THE FIRST LEG OF THE FLIGHT, HE BECAME LOST, AND THE FLIGHT LASTED 2.5 HOURS (1.7 HOURS LONGER THAN PLANNED). HE DID NOT REFUEL THE AIRPLANE PRIOR TO THE RETURN FLIGHT, ESTIMATING THAT HE WOULD HAVE A FUEL RESERVE OF 38 MINUTES. ABOUT 10 MILES NORTH OF HIS DESTINATION AIRPORT, THE ENGINE QUIT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING THE FORCED LANDING. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THERE WAS NO FUEL IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. BATTERY POWER WAS APPLIED TO THE AIRCRAFT, AND BOTH FUEL GAUGES READ 'EMPTY'. ACCORDING TO THE AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER, THE USABLE FUEL CAPACITY FOR THIS AIRCRAFT IS ONLY 22.5 GALLONS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PLANNING, AND HIS FAILURE TO REFUEL THE AIRCRAFT, RESULTING IN FUEL EXHAUSTION AND ENGINE STOPPAGE. A FACTOR WERE THE TREES AT THE FORCED LANDING AREA.

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