NTSB Identification: FTW95LA160.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 07, 1995 in ORANGE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N68190
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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A STUDENT PILOT ON A SOLO CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT BECAME LOST WHILE TRYING TO NAVIGATE AROUND WEATHER. HE FLEW FOR 30-40 MINUTES, OVER FLYING AN AIRPORT, UNTIL HE CONTACTED BEAUMONT APPROACH CONTROL. APPROACH CONTROL ASSISTED THE PILOT AND VECTORED HIM TO A NEARBY AIRPORT. THE ENGINE LOST POWER ON BASE LEG AND THE AIRPLANE LANDED HARD ON RUNWAY 04, AFTER A DOWNWIND APPROACH. DURING AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE, THE FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKAGE, AND IT CONTAINED A TOTAL OF 32 OUNCES OF FUEL.

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

THE PILOT'S DELAYED LANDING FLARE. FACTORS WERE FUEL EXHAUSTION DUE TO THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO STOP AND REFUEL.

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