NTSB Identification: CHI96LA013.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 1995 in PEOSTA, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/16/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N17382
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PRIVATE PILOT REPORTED, WHILE APPROXIMATELY SEVEN MILES FROM HIS DESTINATION AIRPORT, THE AIRPLANE LOST ALL ENGINE POWER DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PILOT MADE A FORCED LANDING ON A FIELD. WHILE LANDING, THE AIRPLANE'S NOSE WHEEL COLLAPSED. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN MONITORING THE FUEL GAUGES AND BELIEVED THAT HE HAD ONE HOUR AND THIRTY MINUTES OF FUEL REMAINING. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD NOT MADE A VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE FUEL TANKS PRIOR TO HIS DEPARTURE. HE STATED THAT HE HAD ONLY CHECKED THE FUEL QUANTITY GAUGES DURING HIS PREFLIGHT.

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

the pilot's inadequate aircraft preflight inspection and failure to refuel the airplane prior to fuel exhaustion.

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